Brocchinia hechtioides

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Brocchinia hechtioides is one of three known species of bromeliad considered carnivorous. Like its close relative B. reducta, B. hechtioides forms a 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. This species is much slower to form pups and develops a looser tank than B. reducta.
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Plants You Receive

• An established adult plant.
• Large plant in a 6-inch pot (as shown in photo, dog not included).
• Current stock was grown outdoors in full sun during the summer.
• Acclimated for windowsill growing.  

General Care

Type of Plant: Tropical pitcher plant for windowsill growing.
Native Habitat: Mountaintops of Venezuela.
Sunlight: Partial to full sun.
Water: Low-mineral water (50 ppm or less).  Allow water to drain through.
Soil: Equal parts dried sphagnum moss and perlite.  No garden soil, compost, or fertilizer.
Temperatures: Above 70°F during the day.  Always protect from frost.

Care info will be provided.