How to grow Nidularium rutilans

Nidularium rutilans grow and care – leaf plant bromeliads of the genus Nidularium also known as Little nest Bromeliad, Nidularium rutilans perennial evergreen used as ornamental plant, can grow in subtropics, mediterranean, tropic climate or indoor as houseplant and growing in hardiness zone 11+.

Leaves color green leaf linear and sharp in the edge, leaves grow in rosette structure.

Nidularium rutilans flower

Flower color purple, pink or red, the flowers grow in the inner part of the plant.

Bracts colors purple, pink or red in shape of leaves that grow in the middle.

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How to grow Nidularium rutilans growing and care:

Well-drained soil, moist soil, warm climate, more than 15C (59F) can survive 10C but not recommend, 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.

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

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
Yes, easier start form daughter plants and choose the color

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

Fertilizer:
Better to fertilize by spray on the roots and the leaves better in the rosette base where the water lay, that needed to be in spray because in the nature nutrient arrive from the organic material that the fall down from the trees

Planting season:
All year (in hardiness zone 11a better in the spring to summer)

Difficulties or problems when growing:
In hot summer the leaves bleaching

Pests and diseases:
Mealy bugs, aphids

Pruning season:
All year

How to prune:
Dead leaves

Size of the plant:
30-50 cm, 12-20 inches

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Medium growing / Slow growing

Water requirement:
Average 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 the plants on the air.

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Shade (with light), those plants like a lot of like but without direct sun, because the sun will burn the leaves and the flowers and leave on the burning marks

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, because it’s an epiphyte it’s actually better to grow it in 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:
Summer / Autumn

General information about the flower
Purple, pink or red, the flowers grow in the inner part of the plant, the bracts color same as the flowers and shape of leaves that grow in the middle.

Scientific name:

Nidularium rutilans

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