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 tempera... read more