Guzmania lingulata ‘Amaretto’
Guzmania are easy to care plants, with “flowers” that can last for up to 12 weeks. They delight the eye for up to five months, which gives the flower a special charm.
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Guzmania is named after the Spanish naturalist, Anastatsio Guzman. Guzman extensively travelled throughout South America and died while on an expedition in Ecuador in 1807. A short time after his death colleagues named this genus of bromeliad in his honour.
Guzmania plants are tropical plants, most of them native to South America. They are epiphytic plants (air plants) and are attaching themselves to trees in the tropical jungle. The plant does not cause any harm to its host (it’s not a parasite), it only uses it for support.
The leaves collect the rain water into the cup, where also decomposing leaves and animal droppings collect, nourishing the plant.
The “flower” is actually a group of modified leaves, called “bracts” where the actual flowers will form. The true flowers are white and don’t rise above the colourful bracts.
Care & Size Guidance
Guzmania will thrive in room with high air moisture (a bathroom, kitchen, etc).
Water it regularly in the cup and provide a weak solution of fertiliser every 10-14 days.
Keep the plant looking at its best by misting it every morning with distilled water (or filtered rain water).
The plant will die after the flowering period, but new plants can be easily propagated from shoots that come out as the mother plant dies.