In the bromeliad family, I ask for the vriesea. As original, colorful and exotic as its cousins, vriesea is a houseplant of great beauty.
In summary, what you need to know:
Last name : Vriesea
Family : Bromeliad
Type : Houseplant
Height : 30 to 50 cm indoors
Exposure : Bright but without direct sunlight
Foliage : Persistent -Flowering : End of winter or summer
Native to South America, we appreciate its dark green foliage and its beautiful orange or yellow bloom.
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Planting, repotting vriesea
The vriesea, like all bromeliad, is a plant that needs rich, very well-drained soil to thrive.
A special bromeliad soil proves to be the best solution, but you can also choose a soil for flowering plants and have a good drainage bed at the bottom.
- The vriesea has few roots, which is why a small diameter pot (about 10 cm) is sufficient.
- We only repot when we want to separate the suckers
Repotting the vriesea:
If you want to repot your vriesea, wait until the end of flowering.
- The roots of the vriesea fear excess water.
Make sure the new pot is well drilled at the bottom.
Improve drainage by placing at the bottom of the pot a bed of gravel or clay balls to facilitate the flow of water.
- A good soil is necessary, ideally special bromeliad.
The plant, when it lives indoors, needs soil because only it will provide it with the nutrients it needs.
- Low but constant humidity is necessary while misting the foliage regularly.
You have to put the pot on a bed of constantly wet gravel, pebbles or clay balls.
The vriesea needs a temperature between 18 and 24 ° but which must never drop below 13 °
The temperature in a house or apartment is therefore ideal for growing vriesea.
The best place to install your vriesea is also a place where there is no direct sunlight.
> It dreads direct sunlight, so it needs good light but no direct sunlight
> Absolutely avoid the proximity of a heat source such as a radiator as this tropical plant needs humidity.
> An east or west exposure is often ideal for the vriesea
> The vriesea hates drafts.
Watering and fertilizer vriesea
Regular but moderate watering is necessary because the vriesea does not require not much water.
In spring and summer:
Hold the barely moist potting soil and make sure that the water flow is correct.
Bring someliquid plant fertilizer green every month or so to prolong flowering as much as possible.
- Water from above and ideally with water at room temperature
- Leave a little water in the funnel formed by the leaves, the rosette. Only a few drops a day are enough.
- Empty this reserve when the temperature drops below 18 °
In order to maintain a certain humidity, it is preferable to place the pot on top of clay balls or stones with water at the bottom. Evaporation helps to recreate the conditions of their natural environment without having to water them.
In autumn and winter:
Reduce watering so as to wait for the soil is very dry between 2 waterings.
- Stop adding fertilizer.
Diseases of vriesea
Common diseases of houseplants are mainly found,red spider, the cochineal, the aphids but also thepowdery mildew
- If the leaves are fading, it's probably a lack of fertilizer.
- If the lower leaves turn brown or yellow, it is probably overwatering.
A wonderful houseplant, the vriesea is native to tropical forests and dreads the too dry air of our interiors.
By regular misting or by placing the plant pot on a bed of wet logs you recreate the humidity conditions of its natural environment.
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