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.

Type of Plant: Tropical pitcher plant for windowsill growing.
Pitcher Size Up to 24 inches.
Sunlight: Full to partial sun.
Water: Low-mineral water (50 ppm or less).
Soil: Equal parts dried sphagnum moss and perlite.
Temperatures: Tolerant of heat and cool temperatures. Always protect from frost.

• Established division from mother plants, approximately 8-10 inches tall.
• Acclimated for windowsill growing.
• Shipped in a 4-inch pot. Care instructions are included.

The first photo is descriptive of the mother plant in our collection. The last photo shows established divisions ready for new homes.

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