Originally native to Brazil, Alcantarea imperialis ‘Rubra’ or Giant Bromeliad, is a strikingly beautiful variety of bromeliad that reproduces primarily through two methods: sexual reproduction via seeds and asexual reproduction via offsets, also known as ‘pups’.

Once the plant finishes flowering it dies. The pups are collected and placed in the natural water reservoir at the centre of the bromeliad, where they will set root. Separating and replanting the pups is a quicker method of propagation compared to seeds and ensures a genetically identical copy of the parent plant. Once semi-established, the young Bromeliads will be replanted throughout the school.