Guzmania

Guzmania bromeliads are wonderfully stunning tabletop plants.

Guzmania is vernoemd naar zijn ontdekker, de Spanjaard Antonino Guzman. Hij was apotheker, botanicus en verzamelaar van historische spullen. Rond 1900 werden de eerst soorten in Europa geïmporteerd.

Aan de vorm van de rozet is goed te zien dat Guzmania een halfzusje van de ananas is. De plant is echter alleen voor decoratie en niet geschikt voor consumptie.Guzmania groeit van oorsprong in het noordwesten van Zuid-Amerika en het Caribische gebied. De epyfitische groeiwijze in de tropische regenwouden is kenmerkend voor veel planten uit de familie van de Bromelia.

Bij het Chinese Nieuwjaar worden honderdduizenden rode Guzmania’s gebruikt om het nieuwe jaar in te luiden: ze toeteren als het ware het goede fortuin naar binnen.

  •   Properties
    Scientific name
    Guzmania
    Family
    Bromeliaceae
    Origin
    South-America and the Carribean
    Meaning
    Guzmania is the symbol of the Brazilian wilderness, the funnel would catch all 'blessings from above' (rain, sunlight) in order to store it.
    Shelf life
    Guzmania is a plant with a long lifespan if properly taken care of.
    Season
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  •   Care tips florists
    • Guzmania cannot be kept at a lower temperature than 12-15°C, preferably warmer. Therefore, keep the plan during transport and storage phase in the cover or box to prevent cold damage.
    • Depending on the type of outlet, the plants can be kept in the cover or be taken out. In any case, prevent condensation or humidity in the covers, this can cause Botrytis on the blossoming method.
    • Water, if necessary, once a week in the rosette of the plan and sparingly on the root ball. The plant takes the most moisture with the suction hairs and suction scales at the bottom of the rosette. Watch out for too cold irrigation water.
    • Make sure sufficient light is presented to the plant to counteract fading of the bracts.
    • Watch out for temperatures below 12-15°C. Guzmania is sensitive to cold which causes dark spots on the leaf.
  •   Care tips consumers
    • Put your Guzmania on a bright, warm location, but not in the full sun. If it is also a little bit humid there (kitchen, bathroom), then the plant will feel right at home. That is because the leaves have cells which are a bit like blotting paper and in that way take in everything passing by as floating water - nebulisation of the shower, the steam from the kettle.
    • The plant mainly needs water in the rosette which serves as a kind of reservoir and in addition some water sparingly on the root ball: once a week is sufficient. Refresh the water in the rosette regularly. During the blossoming the plant can be misted lightly on the leaf. To keep the blossoming long and abundant it is desired to provide plant nutrition once every 3 weeks.
    • Like all Bromeliads, Guzmania is also ‘monocarp’. That means that the mother rosette will die after blossoming. Some child plants will have formed by then, but this requires some patience: they will only blossom again after some years. If blossoming can be detected in the newly formed rosette again, the process can be speeded up by placing fruit in the rosette or near the plant. The aging gas ethylene of the fruit will speed up the blossoming.
    • Guzmania can remain both inside and outside, as long as the temperature remains above 12°C.