Guzmanias are a bromeliad and are a plant suitable as either an indoor or outdoor plant depending on climate. They produce long lasting upright flower spikes or ‘bracts’ with small white or yellow flowers (see picture right)
Relatively easy to care for, Guzmania species such as G. lingulata, G. zamora and G.conifera make most attractive indoor plants although some species are taller growing than other Bromeliads. Flowers of named cultivars such as ‘Gwendolyn’ are colorful and interesting (see picture right)
Guzmania ‘Luna’ is a popular variety with a mauve flower spike. Species and cultivars are varied but many are available for sale from mail order and online nurseries
Guzmania conifera is a fascinating species with its cone like flower. Brilliant orange red held upright over glossy green foliage. G. conifera does require a little humidity and is originally from Peru and Ecuador, long lasting flower is a standout.
Guzmania lingulata with its brilliant red flower is aptly nicknamed ‘scarlet star’ wisely used as a house plant the flower is ling lasting, excellent indoor plant. Some G.lingulata hybrids have yellow flowers such as G. lingulata ‘hilda’
Guzmania zamora with its tall brilliant red flowerhead is another excellent plant.
Guzmania Notes, Information and Care
Preferring a well lit or bright position but protected from direct sun, Guzmanias do well indoors or outdoors when kept under cover.
Originally from the rain forests of South America they like a humid environment.
Although in Australia these wonderful Bromeliads do perform best in Queensland and Northern New South Wales, they will grow in Adelaide, Perth and Melbourne as long as you provide good conditions.
A rich soil is required to get these lovely plants to do their best. Like most bromeliads Guzmanias need to have water in the leaves to do well.
The inflorescence (flower) of the Guzmania is long lasting, however as they do like a warm climate, those in cooler areas could try Nidularium instead.
Other popular Guzmania species include: G. monostachia with its tall spear like flowers and G. musiaca
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Guzmania Plants for sale online in Australia
Wide range of Bromeliads, Nepenthies pitcher plants, Anthuriums and Tropical Rhododendrons or Vireyas. All available for sale by mail order from Riverside Bromeliads and Denali Bromeliads.
1990 Round Hill Road Agnes Water, QLD 4677
Includes: Bromeliads . Huge selection of cordylines available over 500 varieties including rare lines and Hawaiian imports.
Box 354 Malanda QLD 4885
PH 07 40965066
Bromeliad specialist. Especially species and hybrids of Vrieseas, Guzmanias and Nidulariums.
WHOLESALE BROMELIADS OF AUSTRALIA
Sherringtons Lane The Pocket via Billinudgel NSW 2483
phone: 02 66 845 374 fax: 02 66 845168