Aechmea nudicaulis, 'Wally Berg'. 'Wally Berg brought this species back from a Brazil trip some years ago. Exact type unknown, though it looks a lot like capitata in general shape. A stout, wide leaved, tubular rosette with stiff green to yellowish leaves with a slight red marginal blush, red apiculate tips and prominent black spines. The plants have the typical ‘thumb print’ of the species and produce offsets of short, stout stolons. echmea nudicaulis is a species native to Mexico, Central America, the West Indies, Venezuela and Brazil. It contains a number of different recognized varieties. They are variable in size, forming compact green or red leaves. Aechmea nudicaulis and its varieties are free flowering, easy to grow beginners' plants. Nudicaulis aechmeas form tall upright tubes with few leaves are 1-3 ft (30-90cm) high, depending on the particular clone, with strong black spines on the edges. The flower spike, produced in May, is a long-lasting cylindrical head of bright yellow flowers cupped in brilliant red stem bracts. It is very free-flowering and produces offsets on strong prickly stolons. A decorative plant for mounting or for a hanging basket. 'Wally Berg' Brazil 15" tall X 8" wide Bright Shade Moderate Spring-Summer. Keep water in central cup. Empty weekly. Use distilled to prevent mineral deposits. USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F) Spring/Summer. Balanced liquid. Does not need a lot of feeding. Mount or use pourous pot with well aerated soil. Regular potting , kept open with sand or pumice grit or premixed orchid, bromeliad, epiphytic soil composed of mostly of organic material, (peat, sphagnum moss or leaf-soil) works well with these plants. PH, preferably about 5.5 to 6.0. Mix approx, 1 part grit/ 2 part soil., depending on dry time & species. Offsets Easy care/Highly adaptable, striking colors/foliage/Mature bromeliads should not be repotted 5 $3.75 Offset $5.62 Hanging/Mounted
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