Alcantarea vinicolor 'Hawaiin Red' (Giant Bromeliad)

Alcantarea Hawaiian Red 300 mm
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Alcantarea vinicolor 'Hawaiin Red' (Giant Bromeliad)

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The Alcantarea vinicolor 'Hawaiin Red' is a large bromeliad that can grow up to 1 m high and wide and is commonly known as giant bromeliad. The thick broad leaves coloured burgundy and green form a large rosette shape. The burgundy colour is stronger during cooler months.

The Hawaiin Red is a hardy plant that tolerates a variety of climatic conditions. This gorgeous plant is suitable for both indoor and outdoor areas with full sun, part-shade, or shade. It does well in containers or planted in the ground, looking awesome in large decorative pots. Its incredible size and colour make it an amazing feature plant. 

The Hawaiin Red is a very slow-growing plant which is reflected in the higher price tag. This exotic looking plant grows for 10-20 years, after which it will produce a large flower spike, filled with many small, fragrant flowers. The flower spike will last for about a year, but after that unfortunately the majestic mother plant will die. But it would have left behind many pups. 

Pro tip: (1) Because the plant is slow growing, leaves damaged by hailstorms will take months to years to be replaced by younger leaves. For outdoor areas, it is a clever idea to place them in spots that are protected from heavy hailstorm damage like under a shade tree or undercover. (2) Read the watering instructions below. Add a drop of oil or spent coffee grounds in the central vase if the water gets infested with mosquitoes.

Light requirement: Full Sun, Part sun/part shade, and Bright indirect sunlight

Water requirement: Low

Watering frequency: Ensure the 'central vase' is always topped up with water. If grown indoors, replace this water at least once a month to ensure it does not rot.

Soil: Well-draining

Skill level: Beginner

Growth rate: Slow

Suitable for containers: Yes

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Drought tolerance: Medium

Frost tolerance: Low

Wind tolerance: Medium

Disease and pest susceptibility: Generally trouble-free, but can be affected by mealybugs, scale

Mature height: 0.8 m

Mature width: 0.8 m

Suitable for shaping: No

Colour: Burgundy, green

Variegation: No

Size: Large

Seasonality: Evergreen

Flowering: Yes; but primarily grown for it's foliage

Flower colour: Pale peach, Yellow, Red, Orange

Flower fragrant: Yes

Flowering season: A bromeliad will bloom only once throughout its lifespan following which the mother plant will die back, but its pups will continue to grow.

Fruit: No

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