Billbergia is a plant cultivated here indoors and whose name pays homage to the Swedish botanist Gustav Johan Billberg.
In summary, what you need to know:
Last name : Billbergia nutans
Family : Bromeliad
Type : Houseplant
Height : 30 to 40 cm indoors
Exposure : Bright but without direct sunlight
Foliage : Persistent -Flowering : End of winter or summer
Native to South America and more specifically Brazil and Argentina, it is cultivated for its foliage and superb flowering.
Planting, repotting Billbergia
Billbergia is a plant that needs sufficiently rich, well-drained soil to thrive. A special bromeliad soil proves to be a better solution for the nodding bilbergie.
- The Billbergia develops very few roots, which is why a small diameter pot (about 10 cm) is sufficient.
- We only repot when we want to separate the suckers
When repotting the Billbergia:
If you want to repot your Billbergia by separating the suckers from the mother plant
- The roots of Billbergia dread excess water.
Make sure the new pot is well drilled at the bottom.
Improve drainage by placing at the bottom of the pot a bed of gravel or clay balls to facilitate the flow of water.
- A good soil is necessary, ideally special bromeliad.
The plant, when it lives indoors, needs potting soil because only it will provide it with the nutrients it needs.
- Low but constant humidity is necessary while misting the foliage regularly.
You have to put the pot on a constantly wet bed of gravel, pebbles or clay balls.
The Billbergia needs a temperature between 18 and 24 °, but which should never drop below 13 °
The temperature of a house or apartment is therefore ideal for growing billbergia.
The best place to install your Billbergia is also a place where there is no direct sunlight.
- He dreads the sun's rays when they land directly on the Billbergia
It therefore needs good light but without direct sunlight
- Absolutely avoid the proximity of a heat source such as a radiator as this tropical plant needs humidity.
- An East or West exposure is often ideal for the Billbergia
Note that the Billbergia hates drafts.
Maintenance and watering of the Billbergia
Regular but moderate watering is necessary because the Billbergia does not require not much water.
In spring and summer:
Hold the slightly moist potting soil and make sure that the water flow is correct.
Bring someliquid plant fertilizer green approximately every month to prolong flowering to a minimum
- Water from above and ideally with water at room temperature
- Leave a little water in the funnel formed by the leaves, the rosette. Only a few drops a day are enough.
- Empty this reserve when the temperature drops below 18 °
Regular misting or by placing the plant pot on a bed of wet logs you recreate the humidity conditions of its natural environment.
In autumn and winter:
Reduce watering so as to wait for the soil is dry on the surface between 2 waterings.
Stop adding fertilizer.
Common diseases in Billbergia:
The most common diseases of houseplants, red spider mites, cochineal, the aphids but also thepowdery mildew
- If the leaves are fading, it's probably a lack of fertilizer.
- If the lower leaves are turning brown or yellow, it is probably overwatering.
A marvelous houseplant, Billbergia is native to the tropical forests of Brazil and dreads the too dry air of our interiors.
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