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Care of the plant Quesnelia arvensis or Ananas arvensis.

Care of the plant Quesnelia arvensis or Ananas arvensis

The genus Quesnelia, family Bromeliaceae, comprises 18 species of bromeliads native to Brazil. Some species are: Quesnelia arvensis, Quesnelia testudo, Quesnelia seideliana, Quesnelia humilis.

Scientific synonym: Ananas arvensis. This species is native to Brazil.

They are evergreen terrestrial bromeliads that reach 60 cm in height. The lanceolate leaves have small dark spines on the edge, are green on the upper side and have silver lines on the underside. The flowers appear on a white floral stem that ends in a pink inflorescence with small blue petals. They bloom from late summer to early fall.

They are used as indoor or greenhouse plants; In tropical and subtropical climates they are used in clear forests of coastal gardens.

Quesnelia arvensis can grow in semi-shade or full sun exposure but with high humidity. They are tropical plants that do not resist temperatures below 8 ºC.

The soil can be a light garden substrate with coarse sand and organic matter.

Water moderately with lime-free water, waiting for the substrate to dry. To achieve a medium-high humidity, spray the leaves in the summer at sunset from time to time.

Fertilize every 3 weeks with mineral houseplant fertilizer during the summer.

They do not need pruning; Outdoors, its expansion must be monitored because it can become invasive.

They are plants quite resistant to pests and diseases; They can be attacked by mites and aphids if the humidity is low.

They are propagated by division in early spring.

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Quesnelia arvensis
Quesnelia arvensis
 

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