Bromeliads are unique houseplants that make gorgeous additions to any indoor plant collection. They are pretty easy to grow indoor plants, but caring for bromeliads is quite different than caring for your average houseplant. But need nott worry, bromeliad plant care isn’t difficult, it’s just… well, different.
Like orchids,bromeliads are epiphytic, which means they grow on trees, rocks or other plants, and they get their water and nutrients from the air and rainwater. Unlike most plants, they don’t get their nutrients from their roots, their roots are what they use to attach themselves to the growing support.
Some types of bromeliads can be difficult to grow as houseplants, because they like humidity and can dry out too quickly in the average home (especially during the dry winter months). But for the most part, bromeliads make great low maintenance houseplants.
Bromeliads are slow growing plants, and most of them will only bloom once in their lives. They are also short lived plants, and most bromeliads will die after flowering. Sad I know, but they usually have lots of babies before they die so you’ll get even more plants out of the deal in most of case single plant can give upto 10 or more babies before dying. So you need not to worry.
In case of bromeliad plant you don’t want to water your bromeliads through the soil, instead you should keep their center cup filled with water and their soil dry. As long as there’s fresh water in the center cup, your bromeliad will be happy. It’s also important to keep the water in the cup clean and fresh, you don’t want stagnant water sitting in the cup. Dump out the water and refresh it every week or so to keep the water from going stagnant.
Also, be careful about the type of water you use on your bromeliad house plants, because they are very sensitive to the chemicals in regular tap water. Using tap water on bromeliads can damage or even kill the plant.To be on safer side don’t use RO water , chlorinated water or salted water if possible collect Rainwater or filtered water are the best types of water to use on bromeliads.
Bromeliad make great low light plants. Direct sunlight can burn the leaves, but some bromeliads grown indoors can suffer it they’re not getting enough light too. For best results, put your bromeliad in a spot where it gets medium to bright light.But no direct sunlight .
Bromeliad do best in temperature between 24°C to 35°C if more than this temperature then place it under some other tree or in more than partial shade in day time.
Bromeliads like humid air, so consider misting your plants on a regular basis if the air in your home is dry. You could grow your bromeliad house plant in rooms that are more humid, like a bathroom or in the kitchen close to the sink.Or simply you can place bromeliad pot in tray filled with water and pebbles just make sure pot rim is above water level you don’t want your bromeliad to root rot though they don’t have roots but still rotting can cause your plant to die.
Bromeliads don’t really need to be fertilized. They are naturally slow-growing plants, and fertilizer isn’t going to help them grow much faster. But, like any plant, bromeliads will benefit from getting some added nutrients – just make sure to fertilizer sparingly. If you’d like to fertilizer your bromeliads, use a half strength house plant fertilizer during the spring and summer (don’t fertilizer bromeliads during the winter). Be sure to use a natural organic liquid fertilizer though, because bromeliads are very sensitive to chemicals.
Technically speaking, bromeliads don’t need to be potted in soil at all. They don’t get their water or nutrients from the soil, their roots are only used to hold onto trees, plants or other growing supports in the wild. Bromeliads could be mounted on logs, wood or rocks, or they can be grown in a pot. If you prefer to grow them in a pot, you can buy or use an bromeliad mix. Otherwise, if you want to create your own growing medium, the best potting mix for bromeliads would be a fast draining soilless mix made with sphagnum moss,bark, perlite and/or other coarse organic materials. If your bromeliad house plant is potted in regular potting soil, take care to keep the soil dry or your bromeliad could rot.
Clay pot do best with bromeliads make sure drainage hole is open and put some pebbles inside for fast draining.
No need of re-potting bromeliads yes you can save their pups when they grow one third in size as compared to mother plant. Just take pups out and place them in separate container.
What to do when we get delivery of bromeliad plant
We always send potted plant so you don’t need to repot them just take care of them as per instructions given above.