Apartment plants

Androlepsis skinneri


GeneralitŠ°


This genus counts only one species; it is a large bromeliad, native to central-southern America, widespread particularly in Costa Rica. It forms a large head, which can reach a meter in height and width, consisting of large arched leaves, up to 60- long 80 cm, fleshy, rigid, reddish or rosy green; these leaves are pointed and have a finely serrated edge. In the center of the rosette of leaves, which often constitute a 35-40 cm tall stem, in spring a thin fleshy stem rises, which bears a long panicle of white flowers, followed by small berries, also white. The androlepsis skinneri are large plants, used as houseplants, but only if there is a large space in which to let them develop freely. It is advisable to remove the inflorescences when the stem that carries them tends to dry up.

Exposure



The optimal growth of our plants is given by a series of factors to which we must pay attention: among these we find the exposure. The position in which our plants are planted is very important as each species has specific cultivation needs and the position in which it will be placed will depend on the development of the plant. The Androlepis skinneri prefer very bright locations, but not excessively exposed to sunlight. The recommended cultivation temperature is around 15-28 ° C, so during the winter months they should be grown in the apartment, or in a tempered greenhouse to prevent low temperatures from damaging our androlepis in any way.

Watering



Like most bromeliads, also androlepsis skinneri can withstand short periods of drought and do not like that the soil is kept constantly humid; we water quite regularly, during the period from March to October, intervening only when the ground is well dry. Watering is done by lightly moistening the soil and filling the glass that forms between the leaves with water.

Ground


in nature these plants grow in the undergrowth of rainforests; they need a soft soil, consisting of decomposed plant fibers and foliage, quite drained. An ideal soil can be prepared by mixing sphagnum peat, leaf mold and a small amount of sand. If you want to grow potted androlepsis it is good to supply a container of just enough size to contain the roots, the repotting will take place every 2-3 years, using a jar a few centimeters larger than the one containing the plant.

Multiplication



The multiplication takes place by seed; not always the plants of androlepsis skinneri produce fertile seeds, for this reason in general these plants are propagated by removing the small rosettes of leaves, which are frequently produced at the base of adult plants; these small plants are repotted in a single container, where they will begin to take root over a few weeks.

Androlepsis skinneri: Pests and diseases


In general these plants are not affected by pests or diseases, although it may happen that the cochineal attacks the specimens grown in place with very dry and poorly ventilated air.