A superb specimen in the Pineapple family, Aechmea fasciata offers easy care and good looks. Its wide silvery foliage is the perfect foil for the long-lasting pink spike and purple flowers. Provide bright light and temperatures of 50–80°F. Offshoots (called "pups") will form new plants. Native to Central and South America, this Bromeliad has become a popular houseplant and won an Award of Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society. Shipped in a 5″ white metal cachepot.
Our eye-catching foliage plants look great day in and day out. Some produce flowers, but that's just a bonus. We selected this group with ease of care in mind. Most are frost-sensitive tropicals that are not hardy in our climate, but we often move them outdoors for the summer and then bring them back inside before temperatures dip below 50°F in the fall.
For information on growing and care, click Growing Guide.
WEATHER PERMITTING - Working with Mother Nature
In our business, we work closely with Mother Nature. In the colder months when we stipulate that an item is shipped “weather permitting”, that means temperatures outside our shipping facility in northwestern Connecticut and along the shipping route must be warm enough for tender plants to survive in unheated delivery trucks. Our practice of waiting for windows of milder weather may result in the occasional delay, but our customers tend to appreciate the care we take to make certain their plants arrive in the very best possible condition. Questions? Don’t hesitate to call our customer service staff at 1-800-411-6159.
HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
WHEN WE SHIP
We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Unless you specify otherwise, fertilizers, tools, and other non-plant items are shipped with your plants or bulbs. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.
We guarantee to ship plants that are in prime condition for growing. If your order is damaged or fails to meet your expectations, we will cheerfully replace or refund it. Please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-503-9624 or email us at [email protected]. Please include your order number or customer number when contacting us.
LIGHT: Place your plant where it will receive bright, indirect light. A location that is near, but not in, a south-facing window is fine. Direct sunlight on the leaves can burn them.
WATER: Always check your plant first to see if it needs watering, as too much water can cause rotting. When the potting mix feels dry, it is time to water. When watering, pour about ½ cup of water directly onto the potting mix and another ½ cup of water into the center of the plant, where it will be absorbed by the bases of the leaves. Proper drainage is important -- do not let your plant sit in water. If water remains in the saucer, empty it out. Don't let water accumulate in the center of the leaves, either -- prolonged pools of water there can cause rot. Also, do not use a metal watering can or container to water your Bromeliad as metals are toxic to them.
FERTILIZER: Fertilizing is not necessary, but you can use a balanced houseplant formula just three or four times a year, at ½ the strength recommended by the manufacturer.
HUMIDITY: Bromeliads appreciate moist air. They suffer in the dry air produced by furnaces and woodstoves. You can increase the humidity around your plants by running a humidifier nearby. You can also set plants in trays filled with pebbles or gravel. Add water to a level just below the tops of the pebbles (if the potting mix in the pots comes in contact with the water, the mix will draw water into the pot, which will cause the mix to become saturated, eventually leading to rot). Refill trays frequently to replace water lost through evaporation. (Our Humiditrays perform the same function -- call us or visit whiteflowerfarm.com for details.)
TEMPERATURE: A temperature range from 55° to 85°F is fine year round.
FLOWERING: The flower stalks of Bromeliads last for several months. The plant will not bloom again, but can produce a new, smaller plant (called a "pup") at its base. Once the pup is large enough, it can bloom.
GROOMING: Once the flower stalk is no longer colorful, carefully cut it off at the base using pruning shears or a sharp knife.
REPOTTING: Bromeliads have a relatively small root system and can live in the same pot for a long time.