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Question: how is guzmania ligulata grown?

Hello! In November they gave me the Guzmania lingulata flower, green leaves and orange top, but being the period of ignition heating the flower is dead, how should I behave for next year ?? I have now bought another, with the part red top, and for a month that I have it but there are no signs of any sprout, how can I multiply it ?? Thank you


Answer: bromeliads

Dear Denisa,

guzmanias are evergreen plants, belonging to the bromeliads genus, originating from tropical areas, characterized by a constantly hot and quite humid climate; they also live well in the apartment, and don't require too much care.

They consist of a compact rosette of rigid leaves, at the center of which a high inflorescence develops consisting of colored bracts, usually red, among which small white flowers bloom.

The life of the bromeliads is not very long, as at the end of flowering the plant deteriorates and dies, often producing small shoots at the base of the mother plant, which develop in a few months of the same size as the mother plant; you can leave the small plants in pots, cutting the mother plant when it is dried; or you can detach them and repot them in single containers, only a couple of centimeters in diameter wider than the rosette of leaves.

They are grown in a good soft and very well drained soil, you can use universal potting soil, mixed with a little sand, to increase drainage; They prefer fairly bright locations, but fear direct sunlight.

Watering is important, but these plants withstand the drought of the soil well enough, so if you forget to water the plant for a few days in a row, don't worry too much. Usually they are watered abundantly, but it is important to let the soil dry completely between one watering and another; avoid watering when the soil is still damp. This method will lead you to water often in summer, only sporadically in winter, even when the plant is grown in the apartment.

The key to guzmanias is to keep the air moist enough; to obtain the correct environmental humidity, you can place the pot in a saucer filled with expanded clay, in which you will keep a couple of centimeters of water; or you can use the coca that forms between the leaves and fill it with water; however, if you notice that the water remains for many days, replace it periodically with fresh water.

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