Aechma Del Mar, Aechmea ‘Del Mar’: plant, cultivate, multiply

Aechmea ‘Del Mar’ is an extraordinary houseplant, a beautiful hybrid bromeliad, an easy-to-grow variety that produces a tall, brightly colored inflorescence capable of lasting 7 months. Excellent for getting started with this family.

Aechma Del Mar, Aechmea ‘Del Mar’

Botanical

Scientific N. Aechmea ‘Del Mar’

Origin horticultural

Flowering no particular period

Flowers pi coral, cobalt blue and white

Typeplant d’intrieur

Vegetationlively

Foliage persistent

Height60cm in bloom

Plant and cultivate

Hardiness not very hardy, -3C minimum

Exposition bright, hazy sun

Sollight and draining, potting soil

Acidity neutral

Humidity normal, no matter what

Useinterior, conservatory, vranda, exterior and t

Plantationspring

Multiplicationrejects division

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Aechmea ‘Del Mar’ is a subtropical plant belonging to the Bromeliad family as pineapple Where les tillandsias, produced as a houseplant. It’s a hybrid horticultural between Aechmea dichlamydea var. trinitensis and Aechmea fendleri, epiphytic plants native to the forests of South America. The result of this crossing is so successful, from the point of view of ease of cultivation and aesthetics that it was patented. It makes a superb, long-lasting flowering houseplant.

Description of Aechmea ‘From sea’

Aechmea ‘Del Mar’ like many epiphyte bromeliads produces a rosette of leathery leaves, a little succulent and arranged in such a way as to create a basin collecting rainwater in the center: a kind of reservoir. Its gutter-shaped leaves bend while falling slightly, they are bluish green, fairly broad and bordered by small sharp thorns. They form a pleasant, rather compact rosette about 30 to 40 cm wide. This rosette develops during 2 to 5 years before flowering.

Aechmea ‘Del Mar’, like many epiphytic bromeliads, has a weak root system which has more of an anchoring role than absorption.

The flower stalk grows from the center of the rosette. It’s a inflorescence high up to 60 cm, profusely branched. The floral stem is a vivid coral red, and the floral bracts are in various shades of cobalt blue to purplish, contrasting with white. If the flowers bloom one after the other, briefly, the stiff and leathery inflorescence remains brightly colored for 5 to 7 months.

Flowering is an end in itself for this rosette monocarpic. However, before I die, Aechmea ‘Del Mar’ aura produces about 5 suckers which will take a few years to bloom in turn. This bromeliad gradually becomes bushy.

How to cultivate Aechméa Del Mar?

Aechmea ‘Del Mar’ is a houseplant who likes a exposition luminous, but without direct sun, or only early in the morning. It is cultivated in the potting soil. It is given only a pot of limited volume, because its roots are especially useful for holding it. A pot with a diameter of 10 to 15 cm is sufficient.

The potting soil can however be kept a little damp, but without excess, without soaking in the flowerpot. This plant absorbs little or no water through its roots, on the other hand the humidity of the substrate helps maintain a less dry atmosphere around the leaves.

The waterings are made with fresh water (rain or recovery from the dryer), from above the plant in the heart of the leaves to fill its reservoir.

Aechmea ‘Del Mar’ is watered in such a way that there is water permanently in this tank. However, this water must not stagnate or concentrate in salts offertilizer or limestone. So once a month, this tank will be emptied (by tilting the plant), and the water completely renewed.

During the beautiful season, Aechmea ‘Del Mar’ is fed 1 to 2 times a month, during watering (in its tank) with a low dose and balanced liquid fertilizer (cactus or orchid fertilizer).

Species and varieties of Aechmea

About 255 species in this genus

  • Aechmea fasciata, the silver vase
  • Aechmea aquilegia and Aechmea blumenavii which have shown hardiness down to -6 ° C
  • Aechmea caudata, with cream ears
  • Aechmea chantinii, bright red inflorescences
  • Aechmea distichandraspicy, but hardy at -5 ° C
  • Aechmea fendleri, with very airy and red ears
  • Aechmea ‘Fredricke’, a beautiful hybrid of A. fasciata without thorns
  • Aechmea gamosepala, incredible and hardy inflorescences down to -9 ° C
Plants of the same genus

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