Description: Bright red foliage.
United States Plant Patent USPP21,573P2
Asexual Propagation Strictly Prohibited
Application: Landscaping and Interiorscape
Light Condition: Partial
The Maria is a hybrid of the Neoregelia genus and a small but vibrant part of the bromeliad family. Like others in the bromeliad family it has broad, tongue-like leaves that radiate in a rosette form with tiny teeth along the edges. Each of its glossy leaves show bold colors of burgundy, crimson, and pinks throughout the year. The Marias leaves to not grow upward but instead lay flat leaving its water-holding cup open to collect moisture from rain and watering. Through late spring and early summer this cup will produce tiny white or lavender flowers that look to be growing out of a pincushion submerged in water. Several months after blooming new plantlets will sprout along spreading stolons as the main plant dies.
The Neoregelia Maria is tropical in nature and prefers humid, partial sunny areas with well-drained soil. When watering the cup-like center should be filled to help this plant flourish. Neoregelia can be grown as a ground cover, in tree branches, or as a potted plant.
Decorative container (shown in photo) is sold separately.
GROWTH & CARE
Growing Zone 10-15
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Mature Height: 6-10
Mature Width: 12-16
Light Needs Partial Sun, Partial Shade
Watering Needs Average Water
Blooms Late Spring, Early Summer
Botanical: Neoregelia Maria USPP21,573P2
Many bromeliads can withstand full sun conditions although it is not ideal. All full sun bromeliad species prefer some midday shade. Should you be required to plant in strenuous conditions, please refer to our tips below to help maintain good quality bromeliads in your applications:
Plant during the acclimation period of October-April of the next year allowing plants to become accustomed to full sun.)
Avoid plantings near/next to asphalt, white walls or buildings, or any highly reflective surfaces.
Should you have to plant during May-September; keep in mind bromeliads will stress, bleach, and/or burn.
Do not pour more than a 1 inch deep amount of mulch, use minimally.
Fertilizers can cause new and tender growths of the plant to burn easily, use very sparingly.
Although many bromeliads can take full sun conditions, there is a select few that are also salt tolerant.
HOW TO POT BROMELIADS
Potting for ease of growing, displaying and handling, most bromeliads can be potted. Bromeliads will grow in almost any medium as long as it drains well, is not packed down or tight, provides stability while the rooting system develops, and has a slightly acid to neutral pH. Potting mixes vary according to availability of materials but can also be used in combination. Some examples of this are peat moss, perlite, very coarse builders sand, tree fern fiber, hadite, small sized gravel, and redwood, pine, cypress, or fir bark. The important consideration is that the potting mix must drain rapidly. Orchid bark can also be satisfactory. Bromeliads like many other tropical varieties complement very well with many orchid collections.
The USDA Hardiness Zone Map divides North America into 11 separate zones; each zone is 10°F warmer (or colder) in an average winter than the adjacent zone. To find your USDA Hardiness Zone, use the map above or enter your zip code here: USDA Hardiness Zone Finder.
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