Meet the Bromeliad
Bromeliads come mostly from South America but can be found as North as Virginia. They are relatives of the Pineapple. Bromeliads are very hardy plants and easy to care for. They make wonderful flowering house plants. If you live in a climate that never sees below freezing temperatures, you can grow Bromeliads outdoors.
Bromeliads like bright light but prolonged periods of direct sunlight can damage the plants. Ideally, you want to place your Bromeliad in a spot where it gets medium to bright light.
Bromeliads have a unique "cup" at the center that can hold water. You should keep the center cup filled with water. Bromeliads do not need to be watered through the soil as long as the cup has water in it. It is important to keep the water in the cup fresh because you don't want stagnant water sitting in the cup. You should dump out the water and refresh it about every week.
Bromeliads can tolerate a large range of temperatures. They can survive temps as low as 40° F to as high as 90° F.
Common Problems Q&A
Why are my leaves yellowing?
The most common reason Bromeliads have yellow leaves is due to improper soil moisture/ overwatering. When watering you plant make sure to pour enough water so that liquid pours out the bottom drainage holes into a saucer. Pour out water in saucer, do not let the plant sit in water, this may lead to root rot.
What is the best size pot for my bromeliad?
A bromeliad's roots act as anchor and do not grow very large. A small pot about 4-6 inches should be large enough to hold our bromeliad plants. Using a pot that is too large will result in the potting soil retaining too much water and can eventually lead to root rot which causes the plant to die.
Why are my leaves Turning brown and drying out?
This most likely means that your bromeliad is lacking moisture, which could either mean you are not watering your plant enough or it is in an environment with low humidity. Try watering your bromeliad more frequently and maintaining a regular watering schedule.