Deuterocohnia grow and care – bromeliad leaf plant of the genus Deuterocohnia also known as Abromeitiella, Deuterocohnia perennial evergreen plant and used as ornamental plant and also ground cover, the plants drought tolerant, can grow in subtropics, mediterranean, tropic climate or indoor as houseplant and growing in hardiness zone 10b+ and with the right overwinter care can grow in hardiness zone 10a.
Deuterocohnia leaves and flowers
Leaves color green with spines, in rosette structure in spear shape and sharp in the edge the plants create half ball shape when they grow together.
Flower color can be: green, yellow, orange or purple the flowers in cone shape grow in clusters on stems.
How to grow Deuterocohnia growing condition and care:
Well drained soil, better frost free and can survive light frost, prefer more than (15C 59F), let it dry between watering, better to use purified water or rain water, prefer to grow on rocks and humidity.
How to care: Fertilizer once a year and fertilize the plant in spray and in cold winter better not to put fertilizers in autumn and winter
What is the best way to start growing? Plant / Seeds / Vegetative Reproduction
Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction? Yes if you want to choose the color
Difficulties or problems when growing: ?
Planting season: All year in tropic, in other climate spring
Pests and diseases: Aphids
Pruning season: All year in hardiness zone 11b+, spring to summer in hardiness zone 10a, spring to autumn hardiness zone 10b-11a
How to prune: Dead leaves and plants
Size of the plant: 5-35 cm, 2-16 inches
Growth speed in optimal condition: Slow growing
Water requirement: Small amount of water to average amount of water with good drainage and the plant drought tolerant but need humidity
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing: Full sun / Half shade / Full shade
Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant? Yes, mostly outside of the tropical it is easier to grow it as houseplants because it’s better to grow, no winds enough humidity and it’s easy to give the plant what it need, outside the soil in pot like in a nature that mostly its epiphyte
How to grow and care indoors Choose location with enough light and even with little sun, need to be aware that the plant need to be far away from ventilators, heater and air conditions, possible to grow it in the bathroom, be aware to that because of the high humidity need to use less water.
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers: Yes, because it’s easy to maintain in container 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
Bloom season: Winter
General information about the flower Cone shape flower grow in clusters on stems, color can be: green, yellow, orange or purple
How to grow Deuterocohnia from seeds
Sowing requirement: Better to use fresh seeds, use peat moss (sphagnum soil), high humidity, light moist soil, 25-30C (77-86F) in the day and colder in the night, a lot of light
Saving and care seeds until sowing: Dry and dark location
Sowing season: End of spring to early autumn
How to plant: Put the seeds in sphagnum soil and keep it moist
Planting spacing: 3*2cm (1.5*1 inch)
Depth of Sowing: On the soil
Conditions for seeds germinate: Moist soil with high humidity
Watering requires for Seeds: Small amount of water (do not over water
Germination time: 1-2 month
Condition of seedling: The same as fully mature plant and need to transplant them to location without algae