Hybrid Bromeliad

Neoregelia marmorata

  • ​Common name: Bromeliad, Hybrid Bromeliad
  • Scientific name: Neoregelia marmorata
  • Family name: Bromeliaceae
  • Origin: Brazil
  • Height: 6-12 inches
  • Width: 20-31 inches
  • Growth: Slow
  • Zone: 9b-11
  • Light needs: Part Shade
  • Salt tolerance: Poor
  • Soil/pH/Texture: Tolerates a range of soil types, acidic to neutral (Ph 6.0-7.0).
  • Moisture: Should be watered when substrate gets dry – substrate should not be allowed to become waterlogged. Additionally, the cup at the center of the rosette should be filled, and flushed out regularly to avoid stagnation.
  • Drought tolerance: Moderate
  • Pests/Diseases: Scale or mosquitoes might breed in the water cup if left stagnant. Root rot may occur with overwatering.
  • Growing conditions: Grows best in partial shade in moist but well-drained soil – best choice (although not necessary) is a mixture of peat moss and sand. It is an epiphyte, so it can be grown without soil with a soil-less medium around its roots, or in the branches of trees. Can also be grown in a container. Its water cup should be flushed out regularly to avoid stagnation. It should be protected from direct sun, as it might burn the leaves.
  • Characteristics: Leaves are long, smooth, simple, and arranged as a rosette around a central point, 15 inches long. Margins of the leaves are spiny, and there is often a point on the tips of the leaves. Leaf color can vary widely between cultivars, but tends to come in shades of green, red, orange, and yellow, often with spotted patterns. Flowers are small, pale lavender and grow directly from the central cup.
  • Propagation: By offsets
  • Wildlife: Water cup may be home to mosquitoes or a frog
  • Facts: It is a very diverse species with many cultivars, each with their own colors and patterns.
  • Designer considerations: use as a border along sidewalks, in a garden bed, around the base of a specimen tree or plant, or as a container plant for your patio or deck.

Hybrid Bromeliad

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