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Billbergia hybrid 'Hallelujah' (Billbergia, Bromeliad)

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Plant description

billbergia hybrid billbergia hallelujah 1210 (2)

billbergia hybrid billbergia hallelujah 1210

Billbergia 'Hallelujah' is a spectacularly coloured epiphytic bromeliad with brown to burgundy leaves heavily spotted with pink to cream. The flower spike has rose pink bracts and blue flowers, but it is the foliage that is the feature of this plant. The plant likes to have the central funnel filled with water, which can be home to frogs and tadpoles.

Billbergia like a bright to lightly shaded position, with some morning or afternoon sun. This plant likes some humidity, a regular spray of water will be appreciated. Likes a regular potting mix, orchid mix or can be grown epiphytically on trees or rocks. Keep moist but not wet, but can tolerate some dryness. Too much water in the root zone can cause rotting.  Feed in spring and summer with a weak liquid fertiliser.

Propagation is by division of the small offsets called pups.

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: pink and blue
Flowering season: not specified

Plant size

Maximum height: 0.6 metres
Minimum height: not specified

Maximum width: 0.5 metres
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

Will tolerate partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: Frogs, insects.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical, tropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: moist, well-drained.

Clay: not specified.

Sand: not specified.

Diseases

Fungal rot in very wet conditions

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: Any.

Types of fertiliser: Half strength liquid fertiliser, occasionally.

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