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Why are the leaves on my Bromeliad brown, dry, and crispy?

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Brown and dry leaves are most likely caused by a lack of moisture. This could mean you’re not watering enough, your plant is in an environment with low humidity or a combination of both. Here is how to get your plant back on track.

Soak watering your plant ensures the soil is completely hydrated. Here’s how to soak-water your Bromeliad:

  1. Place your plant in your sink or tub without the saucer. Fill your basin up with about 3-4″ of water. Make sure the water isn’t hot!
  2. Allow your plant to soak up water through the drainage hole in the bottom of the pot for at least 45 min.
  3. Feel the top of the soil after your plant has been soaking–has the water reached the top 2-3” of soil? If not all the soil feels saturated, water your Bromeliad slightly from the top of the soil to help speed up the saturation.
  4. When your plant’s soil is evenly damp, drain the sink or tub and allow the plant to rest while it drains thoroughly. Place the plant back on its saucer and back in its proper spot.

In addition to watering the soil, make sure that the center of the foliage of your Bromeliad is always filled ¼ to ½ way full of water at all times. Every few weeks, be sure to empty it out any standing water, rinse, and fill with fresh water. This helps prevent salt and mineral buildup.


Increasing humidity will help your plant greatly. Mist daily or at least a few times per week. Using a pebble tray or humidifier will help boost humidity, as well.

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We're confident your Bromeliad will be back to normal in no-time, but if you've followed the steps above and things just aren't improving you can contact us here.