I have a plant (see picture ) and I do not know how to take care of it. Please help me.
Your plant is a Bromeliad Aechmea fasciata, sometimes called a Silver Vase Plant or Urn Plant. Here are some care instructions for it.
A Bromeliad Aechmea fasciata requires very bright light. This type of Bromeliad Plant will not flower if there is not enough light. Once the pink bracts appear on a Bromeliad fasciata, move the plant to lower light to prolong the colorful bracts.
Keep the “cup” of a Bromeliad fasciata Plant filled with fresh water. Clean the Bromeliad cup weekly and replace all of the water with clean water to prevent diseases, gnats, and mosquitos. Dampen the soil of a Bromeliad fasciata and do not water again until the top 1/2” of soil has dried out. Never allow the soil of a Bromeliad fasciata to totally dry out and never use hard water on a Bromeliad fasciata. The lime in hard water disfigures the leaves. Bromeliad fasciata plants have a very small root system so be careful not to over-water.
Feed a Bromeliad fasciata monthly in the spring, summer and fall with a liquid plant food a ½ the recommended strength. During the winter, fertilize a Bromeliad fasciata every other month. The best way to deliver plant food to a Bromeliad fasciata is to spray the fertilizer on the leaves, put some into the cup, and some into the soil.
The colorful bracts on a Bromeliad fasciata last longer is you keep the temperature between 6o-75 degrees (17-24 degrees C). A Bromeliad Aechmea fasciata can survive colder temperatures than other Bromeliad Plants.
Bromeliad fasciatas only need moderate humidity.
After three or four years, as the plant matures, a Bromeliad fasciata produces a tall flower stalk with numerous pink bracts. The real flowers of a Bromeliad Fasciata are small blue blooms that grow between the bracts. Although the “flowers” quickly die on a Bromeliad fasciata, the bright pink bracts often last for 5 or 6 months.
You can read more about this Bromeliad in the Popular HousePlant Section of the website.