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Bromeliad Care

Bromeliads are native to Brazil. In the wild, they typically grow on trees as epiphytes. Epiphytes develop minimal roots and absorb most of their nutrients through their foliage.

How to care for your Bromeliad

Use these instructions to care for a Bromeliad. This guide will tell you how to water a Bromeliad; its light, temperature, humidity preferences and any additional care it might need to help it grow.

Bromeliad Aechmea Pink

LIGHT

Your Bromeliad prefers medium to bright indirect light. Insufficient light will cause growth to slow.

WATER

Bromeliads are unique in that you water the center of the plant instead of the soil. Keep the center of the plant filled with water at all times – up to halfway. Every few weeks, empty any water, rinse, and fill with fresh water. This helps prevent salt and mineral buildup. Only water the soil around once every month. When watering the soil, water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer.

HUMIDITY

Your Bromeliad appreciates a humid environment. Mist often or use a pebble tray or humidifier.

TEMPERATURE

60° – 80°

FOOD

Bromeliads are similar to air plants in that they take in nutrients through their foliage. Use a foliar fertilizer spray on your Bromeliad 1-2 times a month during spring and summer. You can use a foliar spray made for orchids or air plants.

TOXICITY

Your Bromeliad is not known to be toxic to pets and humans, however, it may cause skin irritation in sensitive individuals.

ADDITIONAL CARE

If your plant is in ideal conditions, it should begin growing pups off the side of the mother plant. Eventually, the mother plant will die off and be replaced by these pups. This is a natural part of your Bromeliad’s life cycle and is no cause for alarm. These pups can either be cut off the mother plant and planted in a different pot, or they can stay in the same pot and you can cut the mother plant out of the pot.

See also: Common Issues →

Bromeliad Christiane

LIGHT

Your bromeliad prefers bright indirect light. It will not tolerate multiple hours of direct light each day, but will stop growing if placed in lower light. An east-facing or west-facing window is the perfect spot for your plant.

WATER

Keep the center of your bromeliad filled ¼ to ½ way full of water at all times. Every couple of weeks, be sure to empty it out, rinse it, and fill the center with fresh water. This helps prevent salt and mineral buildup. You will only need to water the soil once every month or so when it is dry.

HUMIDITY

Your bromeliad will appreciate added humidity but will tolerate normal house humidity. Increase humidity by misting, adding a pebble tray, or using a humidifier.

TEMPERATURE

Your bromeliad prefers normal room temperatures between 60-80°F.

FOOD

Bromeliads are similar to air plants in that they take in nutrients through their foliage. Use a foliar fertilizer spray on your bromeliad 1-2 times a month during spring and summer. You can use foliar spray made for orchids or air plants. Alternatively, you can fertilize the soil once a month during spring and summer using a general houseplant fertilizer diluted to half strength.

TOXICITY

Bromeliads are not known to be toxic but can cause contact dermatitis or allergic reactions in sensitive individuals.

ADDITIONAL CARE

If your plant is in ideal conditions it should begin growing pups off the side of the mother plant. Eventually, the mother plant will die off and be replaced by these pups. This is a natural part of their life cycle. These pups can either be cut off the mother plant and planted in a different pot, or they can stay in the same pot and you can cut the mother plant out of the pot.

See also: Common Issues →

Bromeliad Electra

LIGHT

Your bromeliad prefers bright indirect light. It will not tolerate multiple hours of direct light each day, but will stop growing if placed in lower light. An east-facing or west-facing window is the perfect spot for your plant.

WATER

Keep the center of your bromeliad filled ¼ to ½ way full of water at all times. Every couple of weeks, be sure to empty it out, rinse it, and fill the center with fresh water. This helps prevent salt and mineral buildup. You will only need to water the soil once every month or so when it is dry.

HUMIDITY

Your bromeliad will appreciate added humidity but will tolerate normal house humidity. Increase humidity by misting, adding a pebble tray, or using a humidifier.

TEMPERATURE

Your bromeliad prefers normal room temperatures between 60-80°F.

FOOD

Bromeliads are similar to air plants in that they take in nutrients through their foliage. Use a foliar fertilizer spray on your bromeliad 1-2 times a month during spring and summer. You can use foliar spray made for orchids or air plants. Alternatively, you can fertilize the soil once a month during spring and summer using a general houseplant fertilizer diluted to half strength.

TOXICITY

Bromeliads are not known to be toxic but can cause contact dermatitis or allergic reactions in sensitive individuals.

ADDITIONAL CARE

If your plant is in ideal conditions it should begin growing pups off the side of the mother plant. Eventually, the mother plant will die off and be replaced by these pups. This is a natural part of their life cycle. These pups can either be cut off the mother plant and planted in a different pot, or they can stay in the same pot and you can cut the mother plant out of the pot.

See also: Common Issues →

Bromeliad Fiesta

LIGHT

Your Bromeliad prefers bright indirect light. It will not tolerate direct light all day but will stop growing if put in lower light. An east-facing window or west-facing window is the perfect spot for your plant.

WATER

Keep the center of your Bromeliad filled ¼ to ½ way full of water at all times. Every couple of weeks, be sure to empty the center, rinse it, and fill it with fresh water. This helps prevent salt and mineral buildup. You will only need to water the soil/ media once every month or so when it dries out.

HUMIDITY

Your Bromeliad will appreciate added humidity but will tolerate normal house humidity. Increase humidity by misting, adding a pebble tray, or using a humidifier.

TEMPERATURE

Your Bromeliad prefers normal room temperatures between 60-80 degrees.

FOOD

Bromeliads are similar to air plants in that they take in nutrients through their foliage. Use a foliar fertilizer spray on your Bromeliad 1-2 times a month during spring and summer. You can use foliar spray made for orchids or air plants.

TOXICITY

Bromeliads are not known to be toxic but can cause contact dermatitis or allergic reactions in sensitive individuals.

ADDITIONAL CARE

If your plant is in ideal conditions it should begin growing pups off the side of the mother plant. Eventually, the mother plant will die off and be replaced by these pups. This is a natural part of their life cycle! These pups can either be cut off the mother plant and planted in a different pot, or they can stay in the same pot and you can cut the mother plant out of the pot.

See also: Common Issues →

Bromeliad Miranda

LIGHT

Your Bromeliad prefers medium to bright indirect light. Insufficient light will cause growth to slow.

WATER

Bromeliads are unique in that you water the center of the plant instead of the soil. Keep the center of the plant filled with water at all times – up to halfway. Every few weeks, empty any water, rinse, and fill with fresh water. This helps prevent salt and mineral buildup. Only water the soil around once every month. When watering the soil, water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer.

HUMIDITY

Your Bromeliad appreciates a humid environment. Mist often or use a pebble tray or humidifier.

TEMPERATURE

60° – 80°

FOOD

Bromeliads are similar to air plants in that they take in nutrients through their foliage. Use a foliar fertilizer spray on your Bromeliad 1-2 times a month during spring and summer. You can use a foliar spray made for orchids or air plants.

TOXICITY

Your Bromeliad is not known to be toxic to pets and humans, however, it may cause skin irritation in sensitive individuals.

ADDITIONAL CARE

If your plant is in ideal conditions, it should begin growing pups off the side of the mother plant. Eventually, the mother plant will die off and be replaced by these pups. This is a natural part of your Bromeliad’s life cycle and is no cause for alarm. These pups can either be cut off the mother plant and planted in a different pot, or they can stay in the same pot and you can cut the mother plant out of the pot.

See also: Common Issues →

Bromeliad Pineapple

LIGHT

Your Bromeliad prefers medium to bright indirect light. Insufficient light will cause growth to slow.

WATER

Water your Pineapple Plant when the soil is approximately 75% dried out. Water thoroughly until it comes out of the drainage, and then empty the saucer of any excess water.

HUMIDITY

Your Bromeliad appreciates a humid environment. Mist often or use a pebble tray or humidifier.

TEMPERATURE

60° – 80°

FOOD

Bromeliads are similar to air plants in that they take in nutrients through their foliage. Use a foliar fertilizer spray on your Bromeliad 1-2 times a month during spring and summer. You can use a foliar spray made for orchids or air plants.

TOXICITY

Pineapples are not known to be toxic, but be sure to allow the fruit to fully ripen before picking and eating it. If you eat the fruit when it is not ripe, it can cause digestive issues. 

ADDITIONAL CARE

Pineapples are ripe and ready to pick off the plant when the entire outer skin develops into a yellow color and the flesh is an orange-yellow color. It’s best to allow the fruit to fully ripen on the plant because once picked, it will not ripen any further. Though the fruit of your Bromeliad Pineapple is edible, please note that it is not organically grown.

See also: Common Issues →

Bromeliad Ritmo

LIGHT

Your Bromeliad prefers bright indirect light. It will not tolerate direct light all day but will stop growing if put in lower light. An east-facing window or west-facing window is the perfect spot for your plant.

WATER

Keep the center of your Bromeliad filled ¼ to ½ way full of water at all times. Every couple of weeks, be sure to empty the center, rinse it, and fill it with fresh water. This helps prevent salt and mineral buildup. You will only need to water the soil/ media once every month or so when it dries out.

HUMIDITY

Your Bromeliad will appreciate added humidity but will tolerate normal house humidity. Increase humidity by misting, adding a pebble tray, or using a humidifier.

TEMPERATURE

Your Bromeliad prefers normal room temperatures between 60-80 degrees.

FOOD

Bromeliads are similar to air plants in that they take in nutrients through their foliage. Use a foliar fertilizer spray on your Bromeliad 1-2 times a month during spring and summer. You can use foliar spray made for orchids or air plants.

TOXICITY

Bromeliads are not known to be toxic but can cause contact dermatitis or allergic reactions in sensitive individuals.

ADDITIONAL CARE

If your plant is in ideal conditions it should begin growing pups off the side of the mother plant. Eventually, the mother plant will die off and be replaced by these pups. This is a natural part of their life cycle! These pups can either be cut off the mother plant and planted in a different pot, or they can stay in the same pot and you can cut the mother plant out of the pot.

See also: Common Issues →

Bromeliad Vogue

LIGHT

Your Bromeliad prefers bright indirect light. It will not tolerate long periods of direct light and will stop growing if in an area of lower light. East or west-facing windows are preferred.

WATER

Bromeliads are unique in that you water the center of the plant instead of the soil. Keep the center of the plant filled with water at all times – up to halfway. Every few weeks, empty any water, rinse, and fill with fresh water. This helps prevent salt and mineral buildup. Only water the soil around once every month. When watering the soil, water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer.

HUMIDITY

Your Bromeliad appreciates a humid environment. Mist often or use a pebble tray or humidifier.

TEMPERATURE

60° – 80°

FOOD

Bromeliads are similar to air plants in that they take in nutrients through their foliage. Use a foliar fertilizer spray on your Bromeliad 1-2 times a month during spring and summer. You can use a foliar spray made for orchids or air plants.

TOXICITY

Your Bromeliad is not known to be toxic to pets and humans, however, it may cause skin irritation in sensitive individuals.

ADDITIONAL CARE

If your plant is in ideal conditions, it should begin growing pups off the side of the mother plant. Eventually, the mother plant will die off and be replaced by these pups. This is a natural part of your Bromeliad’s life cycle and is no cause for alarm. These pups can either be cut off the mother plant and planted in a different pot, or they can stay in the same pot and you can cut the mother plant out of the pot.

See also: Common Issues →

Bromeliad Vriesea Splenriet

LIGHT

Your Bromeliad prefers bright indirect light. It will not tolerate multiple hours of direct light each day, but will stop growing if placed in lower light. An east-facing or west-facing window is the perfect spot for your plant.

WATER

Keep the center of your Bromeliad filled ¼ to ½ way full of water at all times. Every couple of weeks, be sure to empty it out, rinse it, and fill the center with fresh water. This helps prevent salt and mineral buildup. You will only need to water the soil once every month or so when it is dry.

HUMIDITY

Your Bromeliad will appreciate added humidity but will tolerate normal house humidity. Increase humidity by misting, adding a pebble tray, or using a humidifier.

TEMPERATURE

Your Bromeliad prefers normal room temperatures between 60-80 degrees.

FOOD

Bromeliads are similar to air plants in that they take in nutrients through their foliage. Use a foliar fertilizer spray on your Bromeliad 1-2 times a month during spring and summer. You can use a foliar spray made for orchids or air plants.

TOXICITY

Bromeliads are not known to be toxic but can cause contact dermatitis or allergic reactions in sensitive individuals.

ADDITIONAL CARE

If your plant is in ideal conditions it should begin growing pups off the side of the mother plant. Eventually, the mother plant will die off and be replaced by these pups. This is a natural part of their life cycle. These pups can either be cut off the mother plant and planted in a different pot, or they can stay in the same pot and you can cut the mother plant out of the pot.

See also: Common Issues →

Cryptanthus Earth Star Absolute Zero

LIGHT

Your Bromeliad prefers medium to bright indirect light. Insufficient light will cause growth to slow.

WATER

Allow soil to dry 75-100% between waterings. When watering, water thoroughly until water comes out of the drainage hole, and then empty excess out of the saucer so that your plant isn’t sitting in water.

HUMIDITY

Your Bromeliad will appreciate added humidity but will tolerate average household humidity. Increase humidity by misting, adding a pebble tray, or using a humidifier.

TEMPERATURE

Your Bromeliad prefers normal room temperatures between 60-80 degrees.

FOOD

Bromeliads are similar to air plants in that they take in nutrients through their foliage. Use a foliar fertilizer spray on your Bromeliad 1-2 times a month during spring and summer. You can use a foliar spray made for orchids or air plants.

TOXICITY

Bromeliads are not known to be toxic but may cause contact dermatitis or allergic reactions in sensitive individuals.

ADDITIONAL CARE

If your plant is in ideal conditions it should begin growing pups off the side of the mother plant. Eventually, the mother plant will die off and be replaced by these pups. This is a natural part of their life cycle! These pups can be cut off the mother plant and planted in a different pot.

See also: Common Issues →

Cryptanthus Earth Star Pink

LIGHT

Your Bromeliad prefers medium to bright indirect light. Insufficient light will cause growth to slow.

WATER

Allow soil to dry 75-100% between waterings. When watering, water thoroughly until water comes out of the drainage hole, and then empty excess out of the saucer so that your plant isn’t sitting in water.

HUMIDITY

Your Bromeliad will appreciate added humidity but will tolerate normal house humidity. Increase humidity by misting, adding a pebble tray, or using a humidifier.

TEMPERATURE

Your Bromeliad prefers normal room temperatures between 60-80 degrees.

FOOD

Bromeliads are similar to air plants in that they take in nutrients through their foliage. Use a foliar fertilizer spray on your Bromeliad 1-2 times a month during spring and summer. You can use a foliar spray made for orchids or air plants.

TOXICITY

Bromeliads are not known to be toxic but may cause contact dermatitis or allergic reactions in sensitive individuals.

ADDITIONAL CARE

If your plant is in ideal conditions it should begin growing pups off the side of the mother plant. Eventually, the mother plant will die off and be replaced by these pups. This is a natural part of their life cycle. These pups can be cut off the mother plant and planted in a different pot.

See also: Common Issues →

Cryptanthus Earth Star Red

LIGHT

Your Bromeliad prefers medium to bright indirect light. Insufficient light will cause growth to slow.

WATER

Allow soil to dry 75-100% between waterings. When watering, water thoroughly until water comes out of the drainage hole, and then empty excess out of the saucer so that your plant isn’t sitting in water.

HUMIDITY

Your Bromeliad will appreciate added humidity but will tolerate average household humidity. Increase humidity by misting, adding a pebble tray, or using a humidifier.

TEMPERATURE

Your Bromeliad prefers normal room temperatures between 60-80 degrees.

FOOD

Bromeliads are similar to air plants in that they take in nutrients through their foliage. Use a foliar fertilizer spray on your Bromeliad 1-2 times a month during spring and summer. You can use a foliar spray made for orchids or air plants.

TOXICITY

Bromeliads are not known to be toxic but may cause contact dermatitis or allergic reactions in sensitive individuals.

ADDITIONAL CARE

If your plant is in ideal conditions it should begin growing pups off the side of the mother plant. Eventually, the mother plant will die off and be replaced by these pups. This is a natural part of their life cycle. These pups can be cut off the mother plant and planted in a different pot.

See also: Common Issues →

Dyckia Grape Jelly

LIGHT

Place your Dyckia Grape Jelly in a bright indirect or direct light. Its colors will become more vibrant and deep in brighter light. It will not thrive if placed in low light.

WATER

Water your Dyckia Grape Jelly when the soil is 100% dry.

HUMIDITY

Your Dyckia does great in average room humidity.

TEMPERATURE

Your Dyckia Grape Jelly prefers temperatures between 60-90°F.

FOOD

Feed your Dyckia Grape Jelly once a month during spring and summer with an all-purpose fertilizer.

TOXICITY

Dyckias are not known to be toxic but can cause contact dermatitis or allergic reactions in sensitive individuals, so it may be best to wear gloves when repotting or pruning and wash your hands afterward.

ADDITIONAL CARE

If your plant is in ideal conditions it should begin growing pups off the side of the mother plant. Eventually, the mother plant will die off and be replaced by these pups. This is a natural part of their life cycle. These pups can either be cut off the mother plant and planted in a different pot, or they can stay in the same pot and you can cut the mother plant out of the pot.

See also: Common Issues →

Tillandsia Summer

LIGHT

Your Bromeliad prefers medium to bright indirect light. While this plant will tolerate lower light conditions, the perfect spot for your Bromeliad Summer is an east or west-facing window where it can receive bright indirect light.

WATER

Allow the soil of your Bromeliad to dry out 100% between waterings. When watering the soil, water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer.

HUMIDITY

Your Bromeliad appreciates a humid environment. Mist often or use a pebble tray or humidifier.

TEMPERATURE

60° – 80°

FOOD

Bromeliads are similar to air plants in that they take in nutrients through their foliage. Use a foliar fertilizer spray on your Bromeliad 1-2 times a month during spring and summer. You can use a foliar spray made for orchids or air plants.

TOXICITY

Your Bromeliad is not known to be toxic to pets and humans, however, it may cause skin irritation in sensitive individuals.

ADDITIONAL CARE

If your plant is in ideal conditions, it should begin growing pups off the side of the mother plant. Eventually, the mother plant will die off and be replaced by these pups. This is a natural part of your Bromeliad’s life cycle and is no cause for alarm. These pups can either be cut off the mother plant and planted in a different pot, or they can stay in the same pot and you can cut the mother plant out of the pot. 

See also: Common Issues →

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