Stiff, rigid bright green leaves with red banding. Small teeth run along each leaf.
A collector's must have!
Average to just above average temperatures of 65 - 80ºF (18 - 27ºC) are best suited. Avoid lower than 55ºF (13ºC).
A lover of bright light. A combination of some sun and shade provided throughout the day is advised or filtered sun.
Fill the center vase with water - using distilled or rain-sourced water and change it every week. The soil needs to be kept slightly moist but not soaked.
A well draining and loose soil mixture is suitable. 1 part peat, 1 part bark and 1 part coarse sand or perlite is one mix which can be used.
This bromeliad does not need a lot of feeding. Once a month you can add a diluted liquid fertilizer (half the recommended strength on the instructions) to your misting bottle. Over feeding can cause leaf color loss.
You will only need to re-pot if the container used is no longer large enough. It's worth renewing the soil once a year, but if the soil mix has nutrients added to it - do not feed for the next month or two.
Providing average to above average humidity is advisable. To improve levels during summer or when artificial heating is used, you can mist the leaves, or provide a humidity tray for the plant and it's container to sit on. If you notice the leaves turning brown and dry this could be caused by dry air (lack of humidity).
Once the plant has flowered the mother plant will begin to produce pups - rather than grow it's leaves any further. These offsets are removed and used to create new plants, by cutting them off as close to the main plant as possible, usually when they begin to grow roots or they're about a third of the size of the mother plant.