Brocchinia reducta is a rare carnivorous bromeliad. Native to Venezuela, it grows alongside Heliamphora, the sun pitcher. Brocchinia reducta forms a tight pitcher-like structure called a "tank" that collects rainwater. The leaves are coated with a silver-gray powder that makes the leaf surface very slippery. As insects walk across the leaves, they fall into the reservoir of water below and drown. The plant then produces enzymes to absorb nutrients from the dead insect.
Caring for Brocchinia is very simple. Give it lots of direct sunlight, keep the soil damp, and occasionally add water to the leaf well. That's it!
Sunlight is the most important part of this plant's care. When grown in full sun, the plant will produce tall, upright leaves with a yellow hue. In lower light conditions, the leaves are green and floppy. Grow this plant outdoors during summer to see its full potential. In fall, before frost occurs, grow the plant indoors in the brightest window possible.
Plants You Receive
Your plant will be shipped in a 4-inch pot. Plants are approximately 4-6 inches tall and are expected to reach maturity within 2 growing seasons. All plants were propagated on-site from select mother plants in our collection and are well-established. Second photo is representative of plants for sale.
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Parent plants are native to the mountains of Venezuela
Type of Plant
Tropical plant for indoor growing.
Size of Adult Plants
Plan can reach 2-3 feet.
Very bright sunny windowsill with as much direct sunlight as possible. Can be grown outdoors in full sun during summer.
Use mineral-free water or water low in minerals (less than 50 parts per million). Keep the soil damp, but never waterlogged. Allow the water to drain through completely.
Use 1 part dried sphagnum moss and 1 part perlite. Avoid fertilizers, regular garden soil, and compost.
70° - 85°F.
60° - 70°F. Tolerant of cooler nights, but not at all required.