Bromeliad

A brightly colored houseplant!
Common name : Bromeliad
Scientific name : Bromelia
Family : Bromeliaceae
Category : Indoor
Type of plant : Perennial
Cold-sensitive
Cold-sensitive
Extra water
Extra water
Large pot
Large pot
A cousin of Guzmania - the tufted airplant - and Aechmea, the bromeliad is a popular houseplant. Some plants sold under this name "Bromelia" may actually be or the other cousins in the very large family. They are so-called "parthenocarpic" perennial plants, which means that they flower only once, but then produce pups, also known as offsets. Some species are epiphytes. They appreciate a warm environment, a mix of Orchids potting soil kept well moist all the time, and a subdued light.

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Caracteristics

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Water needs
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Frost-resistance Medium
Zone USDA 10b
Height 60 - 100
pH 6.2 - 6.8

Plant my bromeliad

This member of the Bromeliaceae family is quite easy to maintain if you can provide what it needs : a warm, bright, humid and well-ventilated environment - either indoors, or in a greenhouse. It does not require much soil, but appreciates the ambient humidity. After purchase, replant in a pot - rather small - using a mix of potting soil and coconut fiber. You might be able to leave it outside from spring to autumn, when the temperatures are above 15 ° C, though sheltered from the direct sun - but keep it in when temperatures drop below 12°C.

Water my bromeliad

Water regularly in the first weeks. Try to avoid watering on sunny afternoons to minimize the amount of moisture lost to evaporation. If your plant is in a pot, check the surface of the soil in the pot either by looking at it or touching it with your finger. In any case, if it hasn’t rained in a month, water !

Fertilize my bromeliad

Each month, add a very diluted liquid fertilizer to your irrigation water to prevent yellowing of the leaves.

Repot my bromeliad

After a few years, transplant your bromelia in one or more small pots in a mix of potting soil and organic fiber. The idea is that because each one is ephemeral, and emits rejects, you must divide them.

Prune my bromeliad

Prune the flower stalk after flowering.

Check on my bromeliad

Watch out for aphids and mealybugs, which hide under the leaves in dry atmospheres. To remove them, use spirit or black soap mixed with water to remove them.

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