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Aechmea, Billbergia & other Bromeliads

Aechmea, Billbergia and other bromeliads belong to a large family with mostly epiphytic growing species within the pineapple family (Bromeliaceae) from Central to South America. Most species make a dense leaf rosette with usually serrated margins which collect rain water inside. On maturity plants make a central branching inflorescence with white, yellow, yellowish-green, rose to purplish-lilac flowers which are followed in several genera by ornamental bright colored berries. Propagation is either by seeds or by offsets which are formed after flowering and before the mother plant will gradually die down. Despite being epiphytes in nature, where they grow on tree trunks and on branches, all Aechmea species can be easily grown in pots in any rich, well drained substrate. Keep plants in partial shade (summer) to full sun (winter) with reduced watering in winter and at a minimum of some 20°C throughout the year.
Sow fine seeds on top of some water-permeable foam material (e. g. a cleaning sponge, cut into thin layers) and finely spray daily with water so that the sponge is always slightly wet. Keep sowings at some 20°C to 30°C in bright light, yet not full sun. Germination starts after 4 to 8 weeks. As soon as the fifth to seventh leaf appears, carefully transplant into a small pot with soil. In general, all epiphytic bromeliads are slow from seeds, thus growing bromeliads from seeds requires patience!
20 seeds per package.
At present we have almost 600 different bromeliad species in cultivation and we are looking forward to offer seeds from many more species in the closer future. The full list of our cultivated plants is available on this page: Bromeliads (Bromeliaceae).
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Aechmea bracteata

Aechmea bracteata

100 (140)cm, a large Aechmea species from Costa Rica, Mexico and Venezuela. It makes a shows rosettes of broad, greyish-green leaves with spiny margins and an arching inflorescence with small pale blue flowers surrounds by bright red bracts, followed by black fruits at maturity. Easily grown in pots in any rich, well drained substrate at a minimum of some 20°C throughout the year. II-III.
20 seeds per package.

price (plus Shipping Costs)
seed package9532 € 2,99
Aechmea cariocae

Aechmea cariocae

80 (110)cm, a medium-large and showy Aechmea species which is endemic to the Tijuca National Park in the federal state of Rio de Janeria, Brazil. It makes mid green, serrated leaves and an upright hold (later arching) inflorescence with small dark blue flowers and short rosy bracts. Easily grown in pots in any rich, well drained substrate at a minimum of some 20°C throughout the year. II-III.
20 seeds per package.

price (plus Shipping Costs)
seed package0208 € 3,99
Aechmea lueddemanniana

Aechmea lueddemanniana

40cm, a fantastic and easy gowing Achmea species from Southern Mexico to Central America (Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Belize). It makes a broad mid-green leaf rosette with a brownish to reddish tinge in full sun and a slightly branching inflorescence with rose flowers followed by most ornamental white berries turning pale lilac-blue at maturity. Easily grown in pots in any rich, well drained substrate at a minimum of some 20°C throughout the year. VI-IX.
20 seeds per package.

price (plus Shipping Costs)
seed package8950 € 2,99
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Aechmea mexicana

Aechmea mexicana

100 (140)cm, a very large and showy Aechmea species from Guatemala to Mexico. It makes a broad mid-green leaf rosette and an upright hold (later arching) inflorescence with small pale blue flowers followed by white fruits at maturity. Easily grown in pots in any rich, well drained substrate at a minimum of some 20°C throughout the year. II-III.
20 seeds per package.

price (plus Shipping Costs)
seed package9491 € 0,99*
* This price is valid if a single item is ordered only. The shop will automatically assign discounts on bulk purchases. If several packages are ordered from this species, they will be merged into a single package. Please refer to our General Terms of Business.
Alcantarea extensa

Alcantarea extensa

160 (200)cm, a very showy Alcantarea species from the federal state of Espírito Santo, Brazil. It makes a huge rosette of silvery-green leaves with reddish tips and rather large, creamy-white flowers for several weeks. Easily cultivated in large pots in any rich, well drained substrate at a minimum of some 20°C throughout the year. VII-XI.
20 seeds per package.

price (plus Shipping Costs)
seed package0314 € 4,99
Billbergia brasiliensis

Billbergia brasiliensis

40cm, a very ornamental and easy gowing Billbergia species from Brazil and Bolivia with a narrow, tuber-like, greyish-green, striped white and shaded purplish leaf-rosette. It bears showy deep lilac flowers in a nodding inflorescence surrounded by rose bracts. Easily grown in pots in full sun in any rich, well drained substrate at a minimum of some 20°C throughout the year. VI-IX.
20 seeds per package.

price (plus Shipping Costs)
seed package9118 € 3,99