The 'Black Chantinii' bromeliad lives up to its name with its dark purplish black foliage with gray horizontal "tiger stripes" that create an awesome bicolor effect. The foliage rosettes are further complemented by an exotic coral orange and yellow flower. 'Black Chantinii' tolerates full sun but will flourish and have better coloration with partial shade conditions. After the bloom starts to fade, it will produce offsets (pups) on long woody stolons, forming handsome dense colonies over time.
Aechmea is a large genus of mostly epiphytic bromeliads. The plants form broad rosettes of arching leaves with a central "tank" or reservoir for collecting water. Because of their sparse root system, bromeliads demand a well-drained soil. In heavy soil areas, till the planting area and incorporate compost and topsoil prior to planting. Care should be taken to ensure that the central "tank" always has some water in it through overhead irrigation or rainwater. Bromeliads in general dislike heavy fertilization.
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