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Guzmania lingulata AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Conservatory/Greenhouse or Houseplant

Habit

Clump-forming

Resilience

Hardiness

H1a (heated greenhouse - tropical)

Colour

Flower

Orange, Red, White and Yellow in Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

tongue-shaped guzmania

Family

Bromeliaceae


Guzmania are stemless evergreen perennials forming a rosette of leathery strap-shaped leaves, with spikes of tubular white or yellow flowers and showy bracts, in summer

G. lingulata is an evergreen bromeliad forming rosettes of strap-shaped, glossy bright green leaves, from the centres of which arise short-stemmed spikes of yellow and white flowers with spreading orange or red bracts

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Can be grown under glass in epiphytic bromeliad compost in bright filtered light or epiphytically on artificial tree branches. When in growth mist daily with soft water in the early morning and keep barely moist (no misting) in winter

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Neutral

Propagation

Propagate by seed at 27 °C or remove offsets in mid spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Low Maintenance or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

mealybugs may be a problem

Diseases

Generally disease free