Aechmea Covata

R80.00

  • Spiky rosette with interesting foliage
  • Showy orange and yellow flowers
  • Extremely tough and care free plant
  • Withstands salt-laden winds and is frost hardy
  • A low maintenance and water-wise addition to your garden
  • Care level: Very easy

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Description

A very spiky, medium sized, upright rosette of green leaves with black leaf tips which curve downwards slightly.  A rather unusual and attractive feature of the plant is the varying amount of black speckling on the leaves.

The showy, cone-like flower heads are bright orange with yellow petals and peep out just above the foliage.  Adding a splash of colour to the garden in late winter to spring.

This plant multiplies readily and will form a dense clump in a relatively short space of time.

A very tough plant that adapts easily to growing in a wide range of different conditions.  Aechmea Covata is recommended for coastal gardens as it copes with ease with salt-laden winds.    It is also frost hardy and drought tolerant.   Recommended for beginners.

Additional information

Weight .300 kg
Dimensions 15 cm

Plant Care:

Tips for growing your plant successfully:

Light: Full sun to full shade. When grown in full sun the leaves are short and they take on an attractive golden hue. In full shade the leaves become longer and are dark green.

Soil: Generally Bromeliads which grow terrestrially, require good drainage and like to grow in soil which is airy and fast draining. We recommend the addition of compost or fine bark to the planting area. When growing your plant in containers, it is also important to ensure that your soil is light, airy and free draining. A combination of a good quality potting soil with the addition of either coco peat, pine bark or perlite is recommended.

Watering: Many Bromeliads are surprisingly water wise. When watering, water your plant thoroughly, then allow to dry out before watering again. Always ensure that there is water in your Bromeliad’s tank or cup. The frequency of watering will vary according to the season. Remember if you are unsure as to whether to water or not, rather keep the plant on a drier side as overwatering can lead to fungal problems which can kill a plant quickly.

Fertiliser: Use a balanced water soluble fertilizer at half the recommended strength once a month during spring and summer.

Temperature: A general growing temperature range for Aechmea is 7 degrees Celsius – 30 degrees Celsius. Aechmea Covata is cold hardy down to a minimum temperature of -5 degrees Celsius.

Please Note:

The plant is currently growing in a 15 cm plastic pot and is near flowering size. It will be supplied bare root (without a pot or soil). Although our plants are grown under the same conditions and we carefully handpick your plant to ensure the best quality possible, no two plants are identical. Also the colours of plants can vary according to the season. The photographs of plants in flower are for reference purposes only.