Low-maintenance and aesthetically-pleasing plants like the Monstera, Bird of Paradise, and Sansevieria have become standard plant fare in many homes and apartments. But for advanced collectors in search of more unique varietals, we introduce you to the Bromeliad.
Known for the vibrant, long-lasting blooms and in some cases, edible pineapples, Bromeliads are certainly a conversation starter. Native to the tropical and subtropical Americas, these flowering plants with lush dark green leaves lend a tropical feel to any home or apartment and add a vibrant pop of pink, yellow, orange, red, or purple to any space. Aesthetics aside, Bromeliads are low-maintenance, pet-friendly, and can help purify the air in your home.
Ahead, find everything you need to know about these unique flowering plants, including species of Bromeliads, Bromeliad care tips and common varietals.
Popular Bromeliad Varieties
Nothing sparks a conversation quite like having a living, breathing pineapple plant in your living room. These unique Bromeliads grow one edible fruit per plant, but the parent plant will produce baby plants or “offshoots” which will eventually produce their own pineapples. In other words, buying a Bromeliad Pineapple is a sound investment — it will yield plenty of fruit over the years. The pineapples are ripe and ready to eat when their outer skin boasts a vibrant shade of yellow, similar to what you’d see at the grocery store.
Bromeliad Aechmea Pink plants may not be as unique as its pineapple cousin, but their colorful, long-lasting flowers are sure to make a statement. The blooms on these Bromeliad flowers last up to six months and lend a laid back, staycation vibe to any home or apartment. Bromeliad Aechmea Pink plants are actually “epiphytes,” or air plants, and therefore develop minimal roots and derive nutrients from the air, rainfall, and foliage.
As noted above, Bromeliads grow on shady forest floors or attached to tropical trees as epiphytes in their natural environment. With that said, they are highly adaptable and some of the best indoor plants as they will easily adapt to your home or apartment. Generally speaking, they’re considered “no-fuss” houseplants and prefer a corner with bright, indirect sunlight. Insufficient light will lead to slower growth.
Water Bromeliad Pineapple plants when the top 75 percent of the soil is dried out, and water until you see it flow out of the drainage hole. Always empty the saucer of any standing water to promote proper drainage. Bromeliad Aechmea Pink plants need to be watered at the center of the plant instead of through the soil. Keep the center filled with water at all times, and empty, rinse, and refill every two weeks to prevent salt and mineral buildup. Finally, to imitate their naturally humid environments, mist frequently or consider a humidifier.
For more care information, visit our Bromeliad plant care guide.