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Vriesea splendens

 

Flaming Sword

The flaming sword plant 'Vriesea splendens' is a popular indoor bromeliad. The flower head, which can grow up to 2ft., is red and sword-shaped. The leaves are mottled. From South America. This plant can take more than a year to bloom. Once the flowers have bloomed (which can last for a few months) and begin to die the plant will also die. The middle section of the plant will produce offsets that can be re-potted or placed on a bromeliad tree. These plants are potted for a place to sit rather than the soil, which is why they can be planted on a bromeliad tree (a large tree branch that can be used indoors).

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plant Features
  • Flaming Sword likes partial shade

    Partial shade

  • Flaming Sword likes very little water

    Very little water

  • Flaming Sword is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Flaming Sword likes rich and free draining

    Rich and free draining

 
plant information

Common name

Flaming Sword

Latin name

Vriesea splendens

type

Flowering plant

family

Bromeliaceae

ph

5.0 - 6.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Flaming Sword likes partial shade

    Partial shade

  • Frost

    Flaming Sword is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Flaming Sword likes rich and free draining

    Rich and free draining

  • Water

    Flaming Sword likes very little water

    Very little water

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Flaming Sword is 0.25meters x 0.45meters 0.25 M 0.45 M

Vriesea splendens

The flaming sword plant 'Vriesea splendens' is a popular indoor bromeliad. The flower head, which can grow up to 2ft., is red and sword-shaped. The leaves are mottled. From South America. This plant can take more than a year to bloom. Once the flowers have bloomed (which can last for a few months) and begin to die the plant will also die. The middle section of the plant will produce offsets that can be re-potted or placed on a bromeliad tree. These plants are potted for a place to sit rather than the soil, which is why they can be planted on a bromeliad tree (a large tree branch that can be used indoors).


Planting

From Early Spring TO Late Winter

Pots and potting media can directly affect the moisture levels in the bromeliad. Plastic pots tend to hold moisture for a longer period of time. If you are in an arid region or raising your bromeliad in a heated home, you may want to consider a plastic container to house your plant in. Un-glazed clay pots are porous and allow water to seep out. If you are living in a very humid area, you may want to consider this type of container so your plant doesn’t stay overly wet. You will want to make sure that there is some sort of saucer or pad underneath to catch the seeping water otherwise you could end up damaging the the floor or furniture the pot sits on. Regardless the type of container, never use soil when potting your bromeliad. It is too dense and will not allow for the quick drainage that bromeliads require. Instead, use potting mixes specially formulated for bromeliads or mix your own using porous materials.

 

Propagation

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

These are pretty easy to propagate, the main plant will send out small off sets around its base, when these have developed small roots they can be cut off and potted up.

 
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