plants

Selina

£16.00

Bromeliad

Neoregelia ‘Van Durme’

Why we love Selina

She looks almost alien, with her starburst of glossy leaves and bright red centre. If you live for drama, choose Selina.

Most light conditions
Easy care
The patch promise

She prefers filtered water to hard tap water. An easy way to provide this is to boil water in a kettle, let it cool completely, then water her.

Quick facts

Botanical name

Neoregelia ‘Van Durme’

Nickname

Bromeliad

Air purifying

Yes

Plant height (including pot)

20-30cm

Pet/Baby safe

Yes

Nursery pot size

12cm

About Bromeliads

You’ll find this bromeliad in South American rainforests, but you’ll have to look up to see it. It grows in the branches of trees, not on the ground. Unusually, its roots aren’t really for feeding. They’re primarily for gripping on to trees. It absorbs water and nutrients through its central well, which is vividly coloured.

It’s not a hard plant to take care of, but it is particular about its needs. It likes to be moist, but not wet. Water into the centre, rather than at the roots. This might seem odd but it makes it quite easy to tell when it needs watering. It likes its well about a quarter full. It also prefers filtered water as tap water can be a bit hard. Giving the well a rinse once a month will prevent bacteria.

It might take a little more care than most houseplants, but look at it. Totally worth it.

Did you know?

Some species of frog use bromeliad wells as a place to lay eggs and raise their babies (in the wild, not in your living room).