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Guzmania 'Torch'PBR
  • RHS AGM

guzmania 'Torch'

An evergreen, perennial bromeliad forming a rosette of glossy, dark-green, lance-shaped leaves to 30cm long. In summer an erect stem to 50cm arises from the centre of the rosette, this is topped with a flame-like inflorescence composed of bright red bracts with yellow tips. This showy flower spike will last for several months, after which the leaf rosette will die. However, new, offset plants may be produced around the parent rosette at this time

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Red Yellow Green
Autumn Red Yellow Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H1B
Botanical details
Family
Bromeliaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Tufted
Genus

Guzmania are stemless evergreen perennials forming a rosette of leathery strap-shaped leaves, with spikes of tubular white or yellow flowers and showy bracts, in summer

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in epiphytic bromeliad compost in bright filtered or indirect light. When in growth water moderately and mist daily. See bromeliad cultivation for further information

Propagation

Propagate by removal of offsets in spring and summer, or by seed sown at 26°C in spring; seedlings may not flower for 5 years or more

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Houseplants
  • Patio and container plants
  • Sub-tropical
  • Low Maintenance
  • Conservatory and greenhouse
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be susceptible to mealybugs

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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