family of bromeliads.Rhode billbergia.Unpretentious epiphytes.Perennials rosette with leathery leaves.Sometime after flowering socket usually dies.

natural climatic conditions: tropical (billbergia great) and subtropical (billbergia drooping and billbergia Sanders) forests of South America.The best known species cultivated in indoor horticulture:

billbergia magnificent ♦ The leaves are erect, rigid, rounded at the apex, with spikes on the edge, and cross strips of white small scales, collected in a long tubular socket, which naturally serves to store water.Inflorescences drooping, broom, small flowers, blue, opaque leaves bright pink.Billbergia drooping ( "Queen of Tears"), "Stem creeping, leaves are numerous and narrow to 70 cm long, dark gray-green or bronze tint.Inflorescences drooping, broom, small flowers, bluish-greenish, opaque pritsvetiye leaves bright pink, stems and pink, because they think pink in general and self inflorescence.Billbergia Sanders' relatively small plant (up to 35 cm in heig

ht), outlet of 5-6 lanceolate olive-kovo-bronze leaves with spots and stripes of yellowish-pink color and a reddish, well spotted, lower side, narrow, elongated upwards.Inflorescences lax, paniculate, flowers are small, yellow-green with blue tips or blue, stems and leaves opaque red.

requirement to moisture: in the case of content on the Earth-like substrate - a very moderate watering, otherwise they are replaced spraying (it can not be carried out but the time of flowering), in the period of active growth every 10 days the plant is removed from the support and immersed in to defend the water KOsaturation, and then returned to the space.

Temperature: grows best at temperatures around 18 ° C, but can tolerate momentary temperature drops to 13 ° C.After transplantation of desirable higher temperatures (22 - 26 ° C), preferably with the lower heating.

Light mode: unpretentious, but does not like direct light (with a very bright light changing color of the leaves).Best of all feeling in the eastern and western exposure, but can be used in the southern and northern.

requirement to the substrate: billbergia as all epiphytes may be cultured on a piece of bark, on decorative driftwood or on the substrate, the main component of which is shredded bark in a mixture of peat, leaf soil and manure with the addition of pieces of charcoal, when grownpots and similar containers drainage needs.In large compositions can be placed in the old hollow trees actually in holes or crevices in a specially made.In the summer need fertilizing with mineral fertilizers, in the fall (by flowering) it should be stopped.

reproduction: the offspring during the transplant (in March), at least - seeds.

Features: after flowering neotmershie outlet should be cut.The plant does not tolerate drafts.