Growing and Caring a Bromeliad Plant

watering bromeliad

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There are almost 3,000 types of bromeliad plant. It is in many colors and of different sizes. These are found in the areas of central South America and parts of North America. It covers 14000 feet range above from the sea level to the mountainous elevation.

About Bromeliad

Common Name Bromeliad
Botanical Name Bromeliaceae
Maximum Growth 20 inches to 10 feet tall (Depends on variety)

How to grow bromeliad flower?

Soil for Bromeliad

The bromeliad plants like well-drained soil with pH level in between 5.0 to 6.0. You can use cactus soil, but I recommend the following mixture for better growth of bromeliad:

  • Four parts Peat moss
  • One part Perlite
  • One part vermiculite
  • One part sharp sand
  • One part Cow manure

Pot or Container

Select a pot which has a drainage system. If you are living in high-humid area, you should use terracotta or ceramic pot, and if you are in low-humid area you must use a plastic container because it can hold moisture for a more extended period.

You may don’t need to repot this plant in a new one due to its short rooting system.

Propagation oF Bromeliad

Bromeliad can grow by using its pups or using its seeds. Propagation through bromeliad pups is much easier than seeds.

You have to find a mature pup which is almost one-third of the size of the parent plant and also has its own rooting system.

Take a container filled with soil and insert the pup into the soil. Water it very well.

  • Take a plant container according to the above recommendations and fill it fully moisturized soil.
  • You have to dig a hole in the center of the container according to the size of offshoot’s roots, put it into the hole and gently fill the surroundings of the roots with soil.
  • Water it immediately until the water drop out from the drainage hole of the container but never allow the water to sit in the surface of the soil.
  • Keep the soil in the moisturized condition until you can’t see the newly growing leaves, after that stop regular watering.

How to care bromeliad flower?

Watering Bromeliad

They are much tolerant to water and don’t need much water. Over-watering will rot the roots. Wait to dry the soil at least two inches in depth from the upper side to water.

Flush out the cup (the central part) every month to avoid salt formation.

Humidity Level

Bromeliad loves high-humid condition, especially in summer. 60% humidity is preferable for them.

To achieve such high humid condition; follow one of the following technique:

  • Mist the plant regularly using spray bottle.
  • Place the bromeliad plant near to some other plants; they will increase the humidity ratio by converting water into vapors.
  • Use a plastic pot to raise the humidity for longer time.
  • You can use a tray filled with decorative pebbles or stone having water in it. Place the pot over or near to this tray.

Temperature Requirement

These plants don’t care about temperature. They can survive from 40°F to 90°F easily.

Light Requirement

As bromeliads have many verities, there are many different light requirements as well.

If the bromeliads have very soft leaves, it will demand lower light. However, if bromeliads have stiff leaves on it, it will require more brightness for producing best chlorophyll.

Fertilizing Bromeliad

Bromeliads have more than 3000 species; most of them don’t need fertilizers to thrive. However, some species can grow better using fertilizers.

Feed bromeliad moderately in growing season April to September). It’s better to use liquid and low nitrogen-based fertilizers.

Avoid fertilizing central cup-shaped part of the bromeliad because allowing fertilizer to sit in the central tank will cause to burn the plant.

Caring Bromeliad Plant

Soil Well-drained soil with pH 5.0 to 6.0
Water Wait to dry the soil at least two inches between watering
Temperature 40°F to 90°F
Humidity 60% humidity is preferableF

Benefits of Bromeliad

  1. Drought resistance
  2. Low light condition toleration
  3. Improves air quality
  4. Can grow easily in container
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