'Dean' is a very large landscape bromeliad that can attain a height and spread of 4' or more per plant. The leaves are proportionately large and hefty, with a handsome subtle color gradient that varies from pale violet to pink and green toward the center of the foliage rosette. The bloom spike is equally elegant; the stalk is a powdery gray green, the bracts are bright pink and the tiny flowers are creamy white. 'Dean' does well in full to partial sun.
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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