Candy Apple (Tossed Salad) Bromeliad Neoregelia
If you've ever seen those music videos from the 70s with hippies dancing in kaleidoscopes high on a type of plant we don't carry here, then picturing the Candy Apple Bromeliad shouldn't be too hard. Its wide, rounded leaves are bright green spackled and stained with explosive magenta in a psychedelic pattern. These hard to find plants are show stoppers. They have a large central cup that turns purple with a green flower that remains short and tucked away down inside. Candy Apple Bromeliads are rare tropical plants that can be purchased now at our online shop.
Characteristics and Traits of the Candy Apple Bromeliad Neoregelia
- Scientific Name: Bromeliad Neoregelia
- Genus: Neoregelia
- Family: Bromeliaceae
- Common Name: Candy Apple Bromeliad
- Outdoor Zones: 9-12 or any zone as an inside plant
- Grown In: Inside & Outside
- Type: Perennial; monocarpic rosettes; multiannual; Each plant will produce one to multiple pups which grow into mature plants!
- Mature Height: 12-18"
- Mature Width: 18-26"
- Plant Height when Shipped: 14-16"
- Growth Rate: Moderate
- Flower: The center turns purple with small flowers often lasting from 1-4 months and grow inside the plant's tank.. After the flowers die, the adult bromeliad also dies, but new "pups" will also typically emerge at the base of the adult plant.
- Foliage: Unusual foliage with bright green spotted leaves with dark green, red and purple. The tips have a purplish-black tone with color extending along leaf margins. The center turns purple at blooming.
Plant Care and Advice for Candy Apple Bromeliads
- Grown In: Inside & Outside
- Light Requirements: Full sun to partial shade
- Water Requirements: Keep soil moist, but not soggy. Otherwise, water both the ground and the center tank (or cup). When possible use rain water or filtered water as tap water can have harsh chemicals. If you live in a dry area, also mist the leaves when you water.
- Drought Tolerance: Good
- Temperature: 55-85 degrees is ideal, but can tolerate lower and higher temps
- Air Purification: Excellent - removes over 6 different airborne pollutants
- Toxicity: Non-toxic
- Fertilizer: Typically not needed, however, during the warmer growing months, you can use a general purpose fertilizer at half strength every two months or preferably slow release pallet fertilizer every 6 months. Be sure to place the fertilizer on the soil below the plant - NEVER in the tank (or cup).
- Container Friendly: Yes - Be sure it drains well
- Planting: Indoors: Bromeliads do best in shallow pots using a well draining, porous orchid or succulent potting mix or medium - a mix of approximately 2/3 peat-based soil and 1/3 sand is perfect. Use a plastic or glazed ceramic pot as unglazed clay pots allow too much water to evaporate. Outdoors: Plant in the ground in a well drained location. Alternatively you can dig a hole and simply bury the container, however, check that your container has drainage holes so rainwater does not get trapped in it. This is an easy way for your bromeliad to appear as if it is growing in the ground, but allows for you to easily relocate it inside before any frost sets in. You can also plant bromeliads in trees, logs, or rocks since their roots are primarily used to anchor to objects, not necessarily for nutrition. Be careful when handling as the leaves have spines and prickles.
- Expert Advice: Place your bromeliad in medium to bright indirect sunlight. If your plant is yellowish, it may be receiving too much light and if it turns dark green or elongated, it may be receiving too little light. Bromeliads require excellent drainage - while their roots prefer to be moist, they can never be allowed to remain soggy. Water that does not drain properly through your potting medium can cause your plant to develop root or crown rot. It is often sufficient to water your bromeliad just once every week or two. Consider, dumping out any stale water from the tank and replacing with fresh water. They love humidity, so in dryer conditions, try keeping the pot in a saucer of pebbles or gravel kept constantly wet to raise the humidity level. You can also spray a water mist on them occasionally. While bromeliads do not often attract pests, if you find any mealy bugs or scale, it can be wiped off with alcohol and a cotton swab or with your fingernail - Don't use neem oil. Propagation: When the flower dies, watch for pups near the plant's base. When the pups are large enough to break away from the adult plant, you can either remove them by cutting them off from the adult (with sterile scissors) and planting in any well-draining medium, or you can simply leave them to grow where they are.
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GET FREE SHIPPING
when you buy any 3 or more items!
That's right - As soon as your shopping cart contains any 3 items, your shipping is FREE! Eligible for ground shipped orders going to the same address only.
And if you only order one or two items, shipping is just $7.50 per item!
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- We ship orders out of our nursery on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
- If your order arrives by Tuesday night, we'll get it out within 24 hours, otherwise it will go out the following Monday.
- We ship using UPS.
- Depending on your location, you should receive your plants within 2-7 days from the date we ship them. Most orders average 2-3 days.
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Changing your delivery address
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Packages arriving in bad condition
On occasion, UPS and FedEx may handle some packages a bit too rough for your plant's liking. Please open your package immediately and document any damage with your camera. Call us at 800-668-3358 or email us at Happiness@TropicalPlants.com (preferably with your photos) and let us know what happened. Also refer to our Guarantee.
If you need us to hold an order for you, we can for a short time. In the warm months we can only hold orders for a week or two. The plants grow so fast they can become too large to ship very quickly. In the Winter things grow a lot slower and we hold orders due to bad weather a lot better. So if you are not going to be home the week you order, just drop us an email and we will be glad to hold your order.
Do you ship all year long? Yes! In the cold Winter and hot Summer months we check each order destination to be sure the temperature is safe to ship your live plant. When the temperature borders on the "too cold" to ship side, we may choose to ship your plants with a heat pack at no extra charge. If the temperature is still "too cold" to ship, we will hold your order in the warmth of our greenhouses until we can find a safe window of shipping weather and you will be notified via email.
Do you ship with heat packs? No need to request one. We will check the weather in your area and add one if the temperature is below safe shipping levels.
Do you charge extra for heat packs? No.
What do I do if my plants are damaged by the cold? Please take good photos of the box, packing materials and the plants and send them to: Happiness@TropicalPlants.com.