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    Post by Joy on Wed 07 Oct 2009, 9:31 pm

    About 2 1/2 yrs ago we bought an aechmea fasciata "Primera" which had a beautiful bright pink bract. The tiny flowers which eventually appear on the head of the bract, are a beautiful violet/blue but they don't last very long. The wonderfully coloured bract lasts for several months. The trouble is the plant will not last much longer after the bract has faded away, or so we were led to believe. This was a very prolific plant. In the first few months we had it it grew six offshoots. It was getting very squeezy in its pot so I had to take it out, hack off its babies & then repot it. The babies were all placed in their own pots. As these are epiphytes they don't grow their small root system for sustenance but as anchors, so they don't need large pots.

    The parent plant after its offshoots had been removed.



    It went on for another year & produced five more offshoots in this time, before it died off.

    Surrounded by some of its potted offshoots plus more growing in its container.



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    Post by Guest on Tue 13 Oct 2009, 12:02 pm

    Such lovely flowers!!
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    Post by Joy on Tue 13 Oct 2009, 5:20 pm

    Thank you, Nellie. They are lovely & we are rather proud all of as these grew with our tender loving care. :D 8)
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    Post by Joy on Fri 30 Oct 2009, 10:56 am

    Pics taken after the second batch of offshoots were removed & potted. These aren't easy to remove, let me tell you. A saw or a hatchet would have been good but having neither we used a very good quality carving knife. Don't think it has been the same since!!!! :affraid: :lol:

    The second lot were placed in the shade area of the back patio with older ones remaining on the front patio. We were fast running out of room.



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    Post by Joy on Fri 30 Oct 2009, 10:58 am

    Lo & behold, three months later one of the new offshoots started to grow a bract!!



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    Post by Joy on Fri 30 Oct 2009, 10:59 am

    It grew quickly. Ten days later it was looking wonderful.



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    Post by Joy on Fri 30 Oct 2009, 11:09 am

    The tiny flowers have appeared. They are accompanied by invisible, but needle sharp, spikes which really hurt if you are tempted to touch the bract. Would definitely keep any flower eating creature at bay.





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    Post by Joy on Fri 30 Oct 2009, 11:11 am

    Still looking good six months later. This plant also has an offshoot which is nearly as big as it is, now.



    The new offshoot.

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    Post by Joy on Fri 30 Oct 2009, 11:13 am

    The offshoot.





    The bract is now starting to fade. :(
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    Post by Joy on Fri 30 Oct 2009, 11:16 am

    Two of the other aechmea fasciata "Primera" plants, on the front patio, also had bracts & flowers. The bracts are, just now, after giving us pleasure for more than six months, starting to die off. Do hope the plants hang around for a bit longer. :|



    In flower.

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    Post by Joy on Fri 30 Oct 2009, 11:19 am

    This one did not extend any further from the cup of the plant.



    With its flowers.

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    Post by Joy on Fri 30 Oct 2009, 11:21 am

    These plants are very easy to take care of & keep happy. Being epiphytes they don't really need big pots, though I did put the parent plant into a large container before I really knew much about epiphytes. It was just as well I did, as it gave it room for all those offshoots. :lol:

    They are fed through the water which sits in their central cups, so they do need frequent watering. I try to get some water on to the soil mix in their pots just to keep their "anchor" roots more secure. They can have a feed of half a dose of liquid fertiliser, once a month. Can be given a little more frequently, so long as you don't overdo it.

    They enjoy being in warm shaded areas as they are from the tropical rainforests of Central & South America. There they grow along the thick branches of large trees. Some aechmeas have sharp spikes at the end of their leaves to discourage hungry critters but the "Primera" has been bred to not have these, which makes it more suitable for the gardener. There are points at the end of the tough leaves but not so sharp.

    Direct sun tends to turn the leaves a very pale colour & bleach out the attractive stripes, as can be seen in the first image in the above post.
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    Post by Joy on Fri 30 Oct 2009, 11:29 am

    Today's pics of the aechmea fasciata "Primera" offshoots. Have only just noticed the offshoots growing in both of the front patio plants which flowered this year. :oops: They are a fair size, too. :o This is a good sign, as there will, now, be a replacement plant for them. All of the aechmeas seem to have grown quite a bit in this past year. They certainly are a great plant.

    The two, newly found, offshoots.



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    Post by Joy on Fri 30 Oct 2009, 11:30 am

    The front patio aechmea fasciata "Primera" plants.

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    Post by Joy on Fri 30 Oct 2009, 11:33 am

    The back patio aechmea fasciata "Primera" plants continue to grow well. The bract of the one that flowered is starting to fade. 😢



    The three plus the offshoot.

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    Post by Joy on Fri 01 Jan 2010, 11:47 am

    There are now four aechmea fasciata "Primera" plants on the back patio & two of them have bracts as well as one on the front patio. The three that flowered earlier in the year all have offshoots. Goody.

    A new one emerging from a plant on the back patio.

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    Post by Joy on Fri 01 Jan 2010, 11:48 am

    The other back patio plant.

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    Post by Joy on Fri 01 Jan 2010, 11:49 am

    And the showier front patio bract. It did grow first.

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    Post by Dawn on Sat 02 Jan 2010, 11:50 pm

    You sure do have the touch, with all these unusual plants hey Joy!. Wonderful to get so many 'babies' like this. That flower is a pretty candy pink colour.
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    Post by Joy on Sun 03 Jan 2010, 2:26 pm

    They are great, aren't they Dawn & with all the new "babies" coming along, there will more of them. At least, they are replacing themselves, thank goodness.
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    Post by Joy on Thu 07 Jan 2010, 5:27 pm

    The aechmea fasciata "Primera" on the front patio has started to flower. They are the very small blue/violet buds appearing amonst all the pink.

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    Post by Joy on Thu 07 Jan 2010, 5:32 pm

    The side view.

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    Post by Joy on Thu 07 Jan 2010, 5:34 pm

    The two smaller ones on the back patio haven't started to flower yet. These are all today's pics.

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    Post by Joy on Wed 20 Jan 2010, 10:05 pm

    Today's images of these lovely aechmea fasciata "Primera" bracts. Two of them, now have the tiny blue flowers. One of them is hard to get at to take its pic.

    The two on the back patio which are not easy to get at.

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    Post by Joy on Wed 20 Jan 2010, 10:07 pm

    The larger one on the front patio with dappled late afternoon sun on it.


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