Bromeliad Paradise is part of Paradise Tropicals Nursery, a small family owned nursery in Naples, Florida specializing in bromeliads, plumeria, and other tropicals for landscapes, lanaiscapes, and for the more exotic collector.
Aechmea 'Roberto Menescal' is named and registered by Chester Skotak for it's original grower, Roberto Menescal, Aechmea 'Roberto Menescal' is one of the most highly sought after bromeliads. 'Roberto Menescal', is a Variegated Cultivar of a dark form of chantinii from a batch of tissue cultured plants from the lab of Rolf Zornig of Sao Paulo, Brazil. What makes it so special are it's central Variegated stripes of cream and pink on leaf top, with intense burgundy red on leaf undersides. This plant can grow to very large sizes of up to 24" - 30" tall and 18" wide. As this plant comes from very tropical habitat, it is more sensitive to cold than most Aechmeas.
When a bromeliad is ordered on-line, it will either be taken as an offset from a mother plant, or it will be taken from a pot. Either way, it is possible that it has already started to grow roots.
Bromeliads are a type of plant called epiphytes, which means that they draw moisture from the air and don’t need to be in soil to survive. While their roots can draw water and nutrients, they typically serve as a plant’s ‘anchor’, attaching and holding it place.
Although mosquitoes are not a pest that can harm your bromeliads, they can become very annoying to everyone around them. Mosquitoes are currently a topic of conversation as common sense and the facts often give way to rumor and sensationalism.