A Bromeliad plant (Aechmea fasciata), sometimes called a Silver Vase plant or Urn plant, is an easy care flowering plant native to Brazil. In nature, it is an epiphytic plant, which means it grows on other plants or trees. This bromeliad variety has thick, arching, gray-green leaves.These unique leaves are arranged in a circular fashion so that they form an upturned waxy cup in the center. This central cup, or reservoir collects the water and nutrients that the plant needs. After three or four years, as a Bromeliad fasciata matures, the plant produces a tall flower stalk with numerous pink bracts.This bromeliad variety has thick, arching, gray-green leaves.These unique leaves are arranged in a circular fashion so that they form an upturned waxy cup in the center. The real flowers are small blue blooms that grow between the pink bracts. Although the blue flowers quickly die, the bright pink bracts often last 5 or 6 months in a cool room with no bright light. When buying a Bromeliad fasciata, avoid purchasing one that already has small blue flowers since this indicates the pink bracts have been visible for a while and may soon fade.
The rust colored spots on the leaves of your bromeliad sound like a plant disease called rust which is caused by a fungus. This plant disease appears as rust colored blisters on the underside of bromeliad leaves. The blisters eat their way through the leaves causing white or light yellow spots on the tops of the leaves.
The bright pink flower on a Bromeliad fasciata is really numerous bracts. These bracts begin to fade and die after a few weeks to a few months depending on how long the bromeliad plant had those bracts before you purchased the plant. Hopefully the plant will produce some off-sets you can use to start new bromeliad plants.
In order to get your bromeliad leaves to have that silvery gray color you need to put it in very bright light and fertilize more. Feed a bromeliad fasciata monthly in the spring, summer and fall with a liquid plant food at ½ the recommended strength. During the winter, fertilize every other month. The best way to deliver plant food is to spray the fertilizer on the leaves. This helps the color, but not the size of the leaves.