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My first- Silver Urn

Posted by Jess5515 none (My Page) on
Mon, Feb 4, 13 at 10:07

I received a Silver Urn plant as a gift this weekend. Its huge, with two pups the size of the mother, and all three are in bloom. In an attempt to help, my significant other replanted it into a pot using African Violet Mix (I'm guessing its bc that was the first bag of potting mix he could find in the garage).

So now I need to know what type of mix it SHOULD be in, since I'm assuming I'll need to change that. Also, I'd like to separate the pups. Is there anything special I need to do, or just pull them apart? Right now the plant is in an area of the living room that gets filtered sunlight in the afternoon, and I have the cups filled in each.

Ive been lurking on this forum for a few weeks now, so I'm very excited to have my first brom. Any tips or advice is much appreciated.

This post was edited by Jess5515 on Mon, Feb 4, 13 at 10:29

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RE: My first- Silver Urn

  • Posted by rednofl 9b Goldenrod Fl hz (My Page) on
    Tue, Feb 5, 13 at 6:42

You can leave it alone at this point and enjoy the blooms Any kind of fast draining soil is good. Moist to dry is good, wet is bad . They should be divided when they are growing, before they bloom. Enjoy the beautiful blooms, Then when it is done it should start to produce pups which you can remove when they are 1/3 the size of the mother plants. If you are in a warm area stick them out under a tree once thy start looking a little ratty and take the pups. Enjoy

RE: My first- Silver Urn

What is a Silver Urn?

RE: My first- Silver Urn

I'd say Aechmea fasciata. Silver Vase/Silver Urn.


RE: My first- Silver Urn

Do you have any pups of the silver urn for postage?

RE: My first- Silver Urn

Hi everyone
jwnesmith - As tsugajunkie says, Silver Urn is the name given to Aechmea fasciata which is one of the first bromeliad plants to be introduced into America and Europe after the Ananas (Pineapple).

There is a picture of it at the top right corner of the home page.

All the best, Nev.

RE: My first- Silver Urn

African violet mix should be fine. I hope it's not in a huge pot, though. Advice about sogginess is true. Even so, these plants are tough. I don't bother removing the pups, myself. I am happy with massive clumps and eventually pulling or cutting off brown leaves from the old plants. They hang on for a very long time. Three blooming bracts at once sounds spectacular! Wonderful!


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