Aechmea fasciata
Will Giles, Encyclopedia of Exotic Plants for Temperate Plants

Flowering Bromeliads

To induce flowering, increase the light level. Most bromeliads flower in the winter. If you are having a difficult time getting a mature plant to flower, you can force it by placing a fruit bowl with apples next to the plant for 7 to 10 days. The ethylene gas produced by the fruit will help to encourage flowering, although you need to be patient.

Flowers of bromeliads in the genus Aechmea have colorful bracts that hold their color for several weeks to several months.

Shown here: Aechmea fasciata

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