Neoregelia spectabilis


Common name: Painted Fingernail


  • Large open rosette of tough leathery leaves growing up to 50 cm in diameter
  • The leaves have very attractive cerise pink tips and are maroon on the underside
  • A tough plant adapting well to a wide range of growing conditions
  • Grows well epiphytically
  • Vigorous grower and multiplies quickly to form clumps
  • Care level: Easy

5 in stock


Additional information

Weight .350 kg
Dimensions 15 cm

Plant Care:

Tips for growing your plant successfully:

Light: Best grown where it receives morning or late afternoon sun, however, full sun at midday should be avoided to prevent scorching or bleaching of the leaves. Light is a very important factor to consider when growing Neoregelia as this in most cases affects the coloration of the foliage. Generally, plants with tough leathery leaves enjoy a lot of sun, while plants with softer leaves prefer partial or dappled shade.

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, cup or reservoir. 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. Plants grown epiphytically will require more frequent watering particularly during very hot spells.

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

Temperature: Neoregelia spectabilis can tolerate minimum winter temperatures of just above 0 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 plant supplied will be similar to the plant photographed.