Guzmania - the tufted airplant - is a genus of over 120 species of flowering plants in the family Bromeliaceae, native to southern Mexico, Central, northern and western South America and the West Indies.
They are mainly stemless, evergreen, epiphytic perennials. Several species are cultivated as indoor and outdoor garden plants, the best known being Guzmania lingulata - the scarlet star - which bears orange and red bracts. All require warm temperatures and relatively high humidity.
Sowing & planting
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Plant my tufted airplant
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 tufted airplant
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 tufted airplant
Each month, add a very diluted liquid fertilizer to your irrigation water to prevent yellowing of the leaves.
Repot my tufted airplant
After a few years, transplant your tufted airplant 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 tufted airplant
Prune the flower stalk after flowering.
Check on my tufted airplant
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.