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Aechmea fasciata 'Primera'

Family: Bromeliaceae (bro-mee-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aechmea (EEK-mee-uh) (Info)
Species: fasciata (fash-ee-AY-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Primera
Additional cultivar information: (PP12685)
Hybridized by Bak/Steur; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1999

9 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink

Bloom Time:
Late Fall/Early Winter
Mid Winter

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive hob300 On Jan 12, 2013, hob300 from Brisbane
Australia wrote:

I received my plant two years ago as a gift. I've waited two years for a flower but very much worth the wait. I also have three large pups. The plant has thrived on relative neglect. Seems to love the warm humid climate. It sits on my front deck and only gets the late afternoon sun.I have never fed it and only repotted four months ago. Also, green tree frogs can occasionally been found in the cups having a little bathe, so cute. Such a beautiful plant to have right next to my front door.

Positive hmbgerl On Jun 10, 2008, hmbgerl from Folsom, CA wrote:

It will only bloom once, so once the offshoot is 1/3 the size of the mother plant, you can cut off the offshoot and dispose of the mother plant. I have read that you can force the offshoot to bloom by placing the plant in a large plastic bag with a whole apple. I haven't tried it yet though.

Positive Maudie On Apr 8, 2004, Maudie from Harvest, AL wrote:

The flower of this plant is so beautiful and long lasting it is
well worth the waiting for it to bloom. I also like it for the
foliage which is bold and beautiful.

Positive Happenstance On Apr 4, 2004, Happenstance from Northern California, CA wrote:

Unlike Aechmea fasciata, this cultivar has no spines on the leaves. Easier to handle and less damage to the flower spike.


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

Jones, Alabama
Clayton, California
Folsom, California
Hayward, California
Stratford, Connecticut
Bartow, Florida
Delray Beach, Florida
Eustis, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Navarre, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Sarasota, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Zephyrhills, Florida
Patterson, Georgia
Bigfork, Montana
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Greenville, Texas
Houston, Texas
Manassas, Virginia

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