Brown and dry leaves can be caused by watering your Bromeliad too infrequently. You should let the soil of your bromeliad dry out almost completely, but avoid letting it stay this dry for too long. If the soil stays too dry for too long, the roots can die back and it can be difficult for the plant to take up soil moisture. If you think the soil of your bromeliad is too dry. Here is how to get your plant back on track.
Here’s how to bottom-water your Bromeliad:
- 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!
- Allow your plant to soak up water through the drainage hole in the bottom of the pot for at least 45 min.
- 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.
- 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.
Low humidity can cause crispy leaves on Bromeliads as well. 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.