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flaming sword

Hereford, United Kingdom Gb

hi again everyone,i had a flaming sword (vriesea splendens)i think is its proper name,it took me years to find after i saw it in a shop,i had it for around 6-7 months and the centre stem,i suppose flower died off and then the whole thing seemed to stop growing,it produced these weird yellow stem from the flower,how do i look after this plant and if the flower dies off what do i do and i long do i waigt for its return? thank you,this is my favourite plant ever and would love to know how to keep it happy

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im hoping dr bob will know something :-) thank you all

5 Jun, 2009


Sorry I don't know anything about it at all. But what a fabulous plant! A truly superb beast. And a super 'apt' name for it as well. I think that's wonderful.

5 Jun, 2009


This is a Bromeliad that lives in the rain forest, so would like shady, moist conditions , I have grown them on the floor of my greenhouse taking water drips from the shelf above.but mine never flower so lets hope someone else can help.

5 Jun, 2009


this is the info ive found out through researching but then other sites give varied info but this seems to be the most consistent.The flaming sword (vriesea splendens) can be placed from bright with some morning and/or evening sun to light shaded.

it can be grown in a mix of regular potting soil and orchid bark (1:1) or in pure orchid soil. there are also special mixes for bromeliads available.

keep it constantly moist but not wet, the drying of the soil’s surface will be tolerated, but it don’t let it dry completely. sitting in water can cause rotten roots. its reservoir should always be filled with some water.

in spring and summer a half diluted water soluble fertilizer can be given monthly and every six to eight weeks in fall and winter.

vriesea splendens welcomes a high humidity and likes to be sprayed over with water regularly. it should be grown at room temperature the year round with a winter minimum of 15 °c/59 °f.

6 Jun, 2009


Now all you need to do is to find yourself a really handsome glazed pot to show it off.

6 Jun, 2009

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