January 10, 2023
Hey Plant Friends!
This week we are talking about Neoregelia 'Gazpacho'. Neoregelia is a genus of epiphytic flowering plants in the Bromeliaceae plant family and are native to South American rainforests. This specific hybrid has unknown lineage, but is believed to be a cross between N. chlorosticta x 'Fireball'. Gazpacho has an intense red and green splotchy pattern. Because Neoregelia are epiphytic plants, they are commonly seen growing on trees in their native habitat.
Let’s talk about care. Neoregelia 'Gazpacho' is a larger specimen that has stiff, long leaves. Make sure you have enough room for this one to spread its wings. Most epiphytic plants are grown on slabs of wood or planks, but they can also be grown in soil. When transplanting use a well-draining potting mix such as the Espoma's Organic Orchid Mix which is great for epiphytic plants. When it comes to watering, allow the top 2-3 inches of soil to dry before giving a good soak. Avoid leaving standing water in the central “cup” of the plant as this could lead to bacteria and fungal diseases. Neoregelia do love humidity. Spray with a Continuous Spray Bottle to increase humidity. Place Neoregelia in bright, indirect light. Too much light will cause scorching on the leaves. Bromeliads do tolerate lower light conditions, but the color may not be as intense. If you decide to place your plant outdoors for the summer, choose a nice, shady spot. As always, keep an eye out for common pests such as mealy bugs and scale. Check for pests weekly when watering and keep a bottle of Bonide’s Insecticidal Soap on hand for easy treatment.
Neoregelia 'Gazpacho' is available at Tonkadale in 5” pots. If you have additional questions feel free to reach out by phone, Instagram, or email us at email@example.com.