Beloperone Guttata is a popular houseplant known as Shrimp Plant because of its drooping, shrimp-like flower spikes. Its true flowers are white and quite small.
Water sparingly enough to make the potting mixture barely moist and allowing the top two-thirds of the mixture to dry out between waterings.
Feed from late Winter to early Autumn only use standard liquid fertilizer once every 2 weeks.
Use soil-based potting mixture with the addition of one-third portion of peat moss. Re-pot these plants into pots one size larger every Spring until maximum convenient size probably 6 inches has been reached.
Tip cuttings 2-3 inches long will root easily in Spring. Insert each cutting in a small pot containing a moistened mixture of equal parts of peat moss and coarse sand or perlite. Enclose it in a plastic bag and keep it in bright filtered light. Rooting should occur in 6-8 weeks. Do not move the pot into direct sunlight for another month or two.
Beloperone Guttata needs bright light with some direct sunlight for satisfactory production of the colorful bracts. Normally warm room temperature suit this plant but not too much heat as it makes soft and spindly growth.
Apart from periodical pinching out of growing tips to encourage bushy growth, Beloperones require cutting back anually. Cut away up to half the top growth down to any leaf axil just when the plant begins to make new growth in the Spring.
To produce bushy plant, pot 3 or 4 cuttings together in the recommended mixture.
If the temperature drops, watch that the atmosphere is not too humid or the bracts may rot. It is not suitable plant for a bathroom.
Stand pot on saucer of pebbles almost covered with water. Do not spray bracts.
Loam-based number 2 with good drainage.
The word pineapple comes from European explorers who thought the fruit combined the look of a pinecone with flesh like that of an apple. Pineapples are the only edible members of the bromeliad family.