PLEASE NOTE: Since plants are often sourced from the garden to order, sizes do vary a little, depending on how they come out of the ground, but I always endeavour to give a little more rather than less! They are sometimes shipped bare-rooted, but will approximate the size specified (e.g. a 9cm pot).
|Queen's tears, Friendship plant|
|A bromeliad native to South America, the Friendship plant is so called because it produces side shoots which can be removed and grown on give to friends and family. The flowers are a kaleidoscope of pink, green, purple and yellow. They are evergreen perennials, generally quite forgiving of cold - mine survive well over the winter in an insulated but unheated greenhouse, and spend the rest of the year outside in dappled sunshine, but they can also be kept indoors in a spot out of direct sunlight. There is another variety, Billbergia windii, which has broader leaves.|
|Sowing and/or growing instructions|
|Requires little care - keep the rosettes filled with water and site the plants in semi-shade. Side shoots are produced regularly (and the main plant dies back). Plant in orchid or bromeliad compost, or one part of ordinary soil or compost mixed with two parts of perlite.|