The Encyclopedia of House Plants

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Family: Bromeliaceae.

Neoregelia Syn. Aregelia. Genus of about 70 species of evergreen, some times rhizomatous or stoloniferous, epiphytic or terrestrial perennials from coastal scrub, woodland, and rainforest in South America. The favourite variety, Neoregelia carolinae tricolor, blushes at the centre when about to flower, whereas the Fingernail Plant reddens at the leaf tips. The glossy leaves are about a foot long, and with age the foliage of the tricolor variety becomes suffused with pink. Neoregelia
Growing conditions Watering and misting Propagation
Average warmth (55F or 16C). Provide as much light as possible, but no full sun. Never overwater, and ensure that there is good drainage. Keep the central 'vase' filled with water - use rainwater in hard water areas. Misting is necessary in summer. Don't mist leaves in winter. Offsets appear at the base of the plant. When the offset is several month old remove it with some roots attached and plant shallowly in Seed & Cutting Compost. Keep warm until establishment. Sow seed at 81 F (27 C) as soon as ripe.
Neoregelia carolinae L. B. Smith.
Neoregelia carolinae L. B. Smith.

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