Description: Ivory variegated green foliage with reddish purple center.
United States Plant Patent USPP22,584P2
Asexual Propagation Strictly Prohibited
Application: Landscaping and Interiorscape
Light Condition: Partial
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The Neoregelia Mendoza is one of the many hybrids of the Neoregelia genus and bromeliad family. What makes the Mendoza unique is the rosette form of its vibrant reddish pink center and variegated creme and green stripped outer leaves. As the inner leaves produce new dark pink, broad, glossy, and spiny edged leaves the older inner leaves start to lay flat becoming the striped variegated creme and green. The Mendozas foliage is more impressive than its small white flowers that bloom near the end of spring or early summer. In the water holding cup of the center of the plant appears a pin-like cushion with these flowers standing off of it. Months after blooming new plantlets will grow as the main plant dies off.
Tropical in nature the Mendoza likes partially sunny areas with well-drained soil. It can be maintained as an air plant or an elaborate ground cover. It also can be grown indoors in cooler regions. When watering filling the center cup will help this plant flourish.
GROWTH & CARE
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.
Partial Sun, Partial Shade
Late Spring, Early Summer
Neoregelia. Mendoza USPP22,584P2
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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