Striped blushing bromeliad is an attractive, evergreen perennial herbaceous epiphytic bromeliad that offsets readily to form a nice clump. It has a very short stocky stem. The foliage of the rosette is funnel-shaped, spreading, rather flat, broader than tall, about 8 inches tall and 14-24 inches across. The leaves are ribbon-like, narrow, leathery, bent gracefully outward and then inward, spine-tipped with somewhat densely toothed edges, hairless above, obscurely scaly beneath. Outer leaves are shiny glossy olive-green and stripped with creamy-white to pale yellow along the leaf edges. When its flowering stage, the center leaves turn to hot pink and lasting for some months afterward. It produces small bluish/white flowers within its colorful rosette in spring to summer.
Scientific Name: Neoregelia carolinae cv. Flandria
Common Name: Striped blushing bromeliad
How to grow and maintain Striped blushing bromeliad:
It grows best in the bright indirect sunlight to shade. Plants develop the best foliage color in bright light but do not appreciate the direct full sun.
Striped blushing bromeliad will grow in almost any well-drained soil or epiphyte mix that is moist and organic in nature.
Normal to just above average temperatures of 65 – 80ºF are best suited. Avoid lower than 55ºF (13ºC).
Fill the inside vase with water, utilizing distilled or rain-sourced water, and change it every four to six weeks. The soil needs to be kept slightly moist but not soaked.
Little fertilizer is required although some growers do use a diluted liquid seaweed fertilizer every 6 months, usually spring and autumn. Over-fertilization will cause excess leaf growth and a lack of color.
Basically just removal of dead leaves to keep it tidy.
Striped blushing bromeliad can be easily propagaed from the offset suckers that develop around the mother plant.
Pests and Diseases:
Watch for pest scale insects and mealybugs. Neoregelia is also vulnerable to bacterial soft rot and leaf spot and fungal leaf spots.