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PlantFiles: Aechmea, Bromeliad
Aechmea ramosa

Family: Bromeliaceae (bro-mee-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aechmea (EEK-mee-uh) (Info)
Species: ramosa (ram-OH-suh) (Info)

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral macybee On Dec 7, 2007, macybee from Deer Park, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

One of the largest and most diverse bromeliad genera, as well as being one of the most popular among indoor plant growers, Aechmea consists of over 170 species from Central and South America. Most are epiphytes or rock-dwellers, conserving water in the vase-like structure formed by the rosette of stiff leaves, which may be barred, striped or otherwise patterned, and prickly margined.
How aechmeas are treated depends very much on the climate. In the humid tropics and subtropics they grow happily outdoors, most preferring filtered sun. Despite being epiphytes, they will grow on the ground as long as soil is open and high in humus, and the bed is raised slightly. Some tolerate suprisingly cool conditions and can be grown outdoors well into the temperate zones, so long as frost is absent. In more severe climates they are grown as indoor or conservatory plants, potted in a coarse medium just like many orchids. Propagate by division (Separating 'pups' with a sharp knife), or from seed.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Big Pine Key, Florida
Miami, Florida

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