Want to bring a piece of the tropics to inside your home? Bromeliads are a vibrant tropical plant that thrives in an area of the home that is well lit for six or more hours.
Although the unusual appearance of these tropical plants makes it appear to be high maintenance, but allowing adequate sunlight and applying proper watering techniques can make care easy you can take care of bromeliads.
Common name: Silver Vase Bromeliad (Aechmea), Scarlet Star Bromeliad (Guzmania)
Origin: Central America, South America, West Africa
Water: Keep the crown full of water, change the water every 2-3 weeks because bacteria can grow in stale water. During the winter months, they benefit from regular misting
Light: High light areas in the home (6+ hours), but avoid direct sunlight for prolonged periods as it can cause sun damage
Dislikes: Over-watering the soil, cold temperatures
Benefits: Vibrant colour, cleans the air (NASA Clean Air Study)
Bromeliads grow in various natural habitats from hot, desert, to moist rainforests, to cool, mountainous regions. They all consist of a spiral arrangement of leaves called a rosette. These plants like to have the crown full of water, but the soil in the pot should be kept damp (not wet) or else the roots will be damaged. We suggest changing the water every two to three weeks because bacteria can grow in stale water.
Aechmea and guzmania benefit from regular misting in the winter for added humidity. These tropical plants are included in the NASA Clean Air Study for their air-purifying qualities.
Creating New Blooms
After the bromeliad produces flowers, the plant will die, but before this happens, it will produce “pups” (baby plants) at the base. Once these little plants grow to be six inches, cut the mother plant off at the bottom, leaving the pups alone. This will allow the baby plants to grow and mature in the pot.
Bromeliads require ethylene gas to produce their lively blooms. The trick is to keep the bromeliad in a clear plastic bag with some ripening fruit, where ethylene gas occurs naturally. The process can take a couple of weeks, but the plant will eventually send up new flower spikes.
Did you know the Pineapple is a bromeliad? Pineapples symbolize warmth, welcome, and hospitality.