How to grow Aechmea fasciata

Aechmea fasciata grow and care – herbaceous Bromeliad of the genus Aechmea also known as Silver vase plant or urn plant, Aechmea fasciata perennial evergreen plant used as ornamental for the leaves and the flowers, can be use cut flower or grow as annual plant as bouquet, can grow in tropics climate or indoor as houseplant and growing in hardiness zone 11+ and in the right overwinter care grow in hardiness zone 10b.

Leaves color green with white or yellow stripes or dots, the leaves grow in rosette structure in elliptic and sharp in the edge.

Flower color purple flowers the flower are small, the bracts are the “flower” spear-shaped in color pink to purple.

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How to grow Aechmea fasciata – growing instruction and care:

Well drain soil, moist soil, grow better above 7C, better to use purified water or rain water, soil should be something light and enteric, because in the nature those plants are mostly air plants live on rocks or crock of tree or air roots in tropical forest with big amount of rains that keep the plants in humidity all time, but be aware that the water not stay in the place and go down.

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed / Vegetative Reproduction

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
No, to start from seeds it’s hard, and it’s hard to find the seeds of this cultivar, easier to start from daughter plant

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Mosquitoes that grow inside the leaves

Planting season:
All year

Pests and diseases:
Aphids, thrips, weevil, scale insect, mealy bug

Pruning season:
All year

How to prune:
Dead leaves and bloom stems

Size of the plant:
20-60 cm, 0.8-2 feet

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Medium growing to slow growing

Water requirement:
Small amount of water, need to put water in the middle of the rosette leaves, need humidity and moist, but well ventilated and well-drained soil, like in the nature big amount of rains and the plant that lay down on trees on joint between two branches and this area peat moss, leaves and other organic matter that stuck in joint

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Shade to half shade but morning sun will be enough, noon sun will burn the plant

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?
Yes, mostly it is easier to grow it as houseplants because it’s better to grow it outside the soil in pot like in a nature that mostly its epiphyte

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Yes – planter or even on cork disconnect from the soil, if you choose to grow on cork or bark as need to keep with higher humidity and moist on the roots, better to cover it with a bark or something that will keep the moist in the roots.

Blooming information

Bloom season?
Winter to early spring, but you can provoke the bloom in any season (not recommend)

General information about the flower:
Flower color purple flowers the flower are small, the bracts are the “flower” spear-shaped in color pink to purple.

Scientific name:

Aechmea fasciata

How to grow Aechmea fasciata

Aechmea fasciata variegata

Urn plant

Aechmea fasciata bracts

Aechmea fasciata bracts and flowers

Aechmea fasciata as houseplant

Aechmea fasciata

Aechmea fasciata plant

Aechmea fasciata flower

Aechmea fasciata plant care

Growing Aechmea fasciata


Blooming Seasons
  • Autumn flowers
  • Spring flowers
  • Summer flowers
  • Winter flowers
Flower colors
  • Pink flower
  • Purple flower
  • Tropics Climate
Leaf color
  • Gray leaves
  • White leaves
  • Yellow leaf
Ornamental parts
  • Ornamental flower
  • Ornamental leaves
  • Ornamental plant
Plant growing speed
  • Average growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Bromeliad
  • Epiphyte
  • Evergreen
  • Leaf plant
  • Perennial plant
Plant Uses
  • Colored leaves
  • Indoor plants
  • Ornamental plants
Planting Season
  • Autumn Planting
  • Spring Planting
  • Summer planting
  • Winter planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Part shade Plants
  • Shade Plants
Watering plants
  • Small amounts of water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 12
  • Hardiness zone 13