Alcantarea ‘Silver Plum’

Alcantarea imperialis ‘Silver Plum’

Synonyms: None.

An absolute favourite around Brisbane, Alcantarea ‘Silver Plum’ forms a large and magnificent specimen around the garden. Whether grown in the ground or in a pot, this plant performs reliably in Brisbane conditions. Silver Plum is one of the few true full sun bromeliads, easily capable of growing in all day direct sun. Simply keep the central ‘tank’ full of water at and it will take care of itself.

Alcantareas do not have extensive root systems, and they don’t usually require any fertiliser. In fact, giving them too much fertilizer may make them turn more green, and has been associated with early flowering and the death of the plant.

Applications

  • Tropical / Balinese
  • Feature plant
  • Pots & Tubs
  • Foliage colour
  • Shaded areas
  • Patio plant

Care

Low maintenance. Keep the central ‘tank’ filled with water at all times. Avoid heavy fertiliser. Remove spent leaves periodically.

Features

  • Rich purple leaf undersides with silver tops.

  • Stunning architectural form.

  • Long-lived. Scented flowers after 10-15 years.

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    Size

    Height: 1.5m
    Width: 1.5m

    Light

    Full sun to part shade.

    Watering

    Moderate. Can survive drought periods. Best if water maintained in central 'tank'.

    Growth Rate

    Slow.
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