This is our Luxury pet-friendly Indoor without pot plant for December 2019. Here are some tips for how to best care for this striking plant.
A native to the tropical regions of Central and South America.
Light and position in the home
Prefers indirect light and can really thrive at lower light levels. If the light is too bright it will begin to bleach the leaves; if light is too low, colours will be less vibrant.
Flowers and foliage
The large leather-like leaves of the red chestnut start off glossy with green to cream markings. As the plant matures, the leaves start to take on their more characteristic reddish hues. The striking colours and variegation can fade if not enough light is provided.
Watering and humidity
The leaves of the Vriesea form a rosette creating a mini water tank! Keep this tank filled, preferably with rainwater or tap water that has sat overnight. Your Vriesea is sensitive to hard water. Lightly water soil when it starts to dry but remember water is taken in mainly through the central tank. Enjoys higher humidity.
Keep Vriesea above 16 degrees Celcius and ideally between 18 and 24 degrees. Avoid drafts.
Did you know?
Once your Vriesea has flowered its days are numbered. However, all is not lost! Your mother Vriesea plant will begin to sprout new little Vriesea 'pups' (baby plants), which you can plant up as new plants when they are 1/3 size of the parent.
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