If you’re tired of buying expensive cut flower arrangements for your dining room table or the reception desk in your office, think about using Bromeliad Plants. There are over 2500 species of Bromeliad Plants that are native to North, Central and South America. My favorites Bromeliads are: Neoregelia, Aechmea, and Guzmania. Bromeliad Plants have spectacular flowers, which are really “bracts” that stay colorful for 6-10 weeks. There are numerous varieties of Bromeliad Plants to choose from all with different leaf colors and shapes. The exotic looking Bromeliad bracts come in red, burgundy, pink, white, yellow, orange, and even a mixture of colors. Use a single Bromeliad Plant or combine three different Bromeliad Plants to create your own special arrangement. A Bromeliad will only bloom once indoors, then it’s necessary to start a new plant using cuttings from the original plant.
LIGHTING REQUIREMENTS: Bromeliad Plants are very adaptable, and there is a variety for every light condition. If your Bromeliad Plant has thin green leaves it can survive in low light. If a Bromeliad Plant has thick gray leaves, it needs medium light. The flowers (colorful “bracts”) of a Bromeliad Plant fade quickly and the leaves turn pale green if a Bromeliad Plant is placed in very bright light. The leaves of a Bromeliad Plant get further apart and turn dark green when the plant needs more light.
CARE INSTRUCTIONS WATER: Bromeliad Plants are drought resistant succulents that like dry soil. These houseplants have very small roots and over-watering is the number one reason Bromeliad Plants die.
FERTILIZER: Feed Bromeliad Plants by spraying a liquid fertilizer directly onto the leaves a few times each season. Dilute the plant food 1/2 to 1/4 the recommended strength. Never put fertilizer into the central cup of a Bromeliad Plant.
TEMPERATURE: Bromeliads are tropical plants that can survive in temperatures between 40-100 degrees, but these plants prefer 70-75 degrees during the day and ten degrees cooler at night. The blooms on Bromeliad houseplants last longer when the temperature is cool.
HUMIDITY: Bromeliad Plants grow well in basic household humidity.
FLOWERING: Less intense light and cooler temperatures help the flowers on Bromeliad houseplants stay colorful longer. Indoor Bromeliad Plants bloom one time. Once a Bromeliad flower starts to die, it begins to produce “pups.” These pups will be the new Bromeliad Plants. Cut off the dying flower, so the plant can direct its energy to helping the pups grow.
PESTS: Plant pests that can be a problem for Bromeliad Plants are scale and mealy bug.
DISEASES: Fungal plant diseases such as Crown, Stem and Root Rot, Rust Disease, and Leaf Spot may infect Bromeliad Guzmania houseplants.
SOIL: Use a light well-aerated fast draining soil for a Bromeliad Guzmania. Add sand or perlite if the soil seems too heavy.