xBillmea is a bi-generic cross between Bromeliad genus Billbergia and genus Aechmea. In other words, Billbergia is the parent plant and Aechmea is the pollen plant. xBillmea should be grown like Aechmea and Billbergia - in semi-course, part damp well-drained soil in a moderately sunny location. A 50/50 mix of perlite and peat works well. Water often in spring and summer, keep drier in winter and avoid frost.