Alcantarea imperialis Rubra - bromeliad

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Big bold dramatic bromeliad, a large-sized head-high rosette of deep green, flushed and shaded with maroon-purple, which on mature plants produces a deep maroon flowering spike tall enough to rival the native gymea lily.

Very impressive when full-grown, and a striking indoor plant when small (or when big, if you have the space...)

We love Alcantarea imperialis for its big bold size, waterwise resilience, giant flowerspike

pond image, flowering spike:  cultivar413 bromeliad garden : Megan Hansen .



Alcantarea imperialis Rubra - bromeliad

APPEARANCE : Big-sized bromeliad with a large rosette of dark leaves flushed deep maroon-red. Red colour is variable from plant to plant and depending on available sunlight; and may be all over or at the tips only. Please note your tubestock may arrive green and will soon develop the distinctive colours as it grows.
USE FOR : Suited to large pots, indoors and out, and tropical or subtropical gardens.
CLIMATE : Protect from frost. Bromeliads love warm and humid conditions.
PLANTING : Plant in free draining soil in pots or out in the garden, taking care to keep the crown above the soil. Enjoys sunny to shaded positions, colour is stronger in good light. Site carefully as this is a big bromeliad when full-grown.
CARE : Water by filling the centre of the plant with rainwater or filtered water. Fertilise during spring with an organic liquid feed mixed at half rate. If your bromeliad starts to flower - congratulations! The flower can last up to a year. You may spot smaller baby bromeliads - pups - around the base of the main plant. These will continue to grow and may flower themselves in time. All you need to do is enjoy it for now. Once the flowerspike has died back - which may take a few months - you can then unpot the plant and separate off the pups for potting on, if you wish, or just leave them in place
HEIGHT & WIDTH : 2m H x 2m W, up to 5m in flower.
YOUR PLANTS : These are tubestock plants, healthy young plants with new roots that will establish quickly in your garden. The pot size is 80mm high and 42 mm wide.
You can see an example in the image gallery.
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