How to care for a bromeliad

Bromeliad

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The bromeliad is a unique and beautiful plant native to the tropics of South America, although some species have been found growing in areas of West Africa as well as other tropical climates.The plant grows best in warm tropical climates, usually in areas free of rocky terrain. The bromeliad species is extremely vast with many different varieties. One of which, considered to be the most popular, is that of the common pineapple. Nowadays the plant has been adopted as a house plant often seen across Europe as well as the United States. They are known for their thick leaves and vibrant, colorful flowers; the colors vary depending on the species, ranging from golden yellows to rich reds at times they may even be speckled.

A plant that is ever increasing in popularity why not review some of the best tips for taking care of this intriguing plant.

Where to plant your bromeliad

If you are going to be growing the plant indoors keep these tips in mind. The bromeliad will grow best in a sunny and warm area of your house. The ideal place would be windowsill where the plant has constant exposure to the sun. But with that in mind the ideas temperature at which the bromeliad should stay is between 22-24° C in the summer and between 18-20° C in the winter, you do not want to overheat the plant. In addition, the plant does not like drafts or cold air. It does not need to be in a deep pot, as it does not have extensive roots. A shallow pot will be fine, as well as a mixed soil, a thick soil is not necessary.

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When to water your bromeliad

Bromeliads are, in nature, epiphyte plants, meaning they have a reduced root system and they are able to grow harmlessly off of other plants. When doing this they are receiving water and nutrients from the air and rain. Therefore, they do not need a lot of watering, excessive watering may cause the plant and roots to rot. Only give them light watering when necessary. It is best if you have the pot on a saucer in which you can place the water, allowing the plant to absorb what it needs. If you chose to do this be sure to change the water often so as not to attract bugs.

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When to FERTILIZE your BROMELIA

Fertilizing the bromeliad is similar to watering it, because they are able to absorb nutrients from their surroundings they do not need heavy amounts of fertilizer. We recommend using fertilizer specifically designed for bromeliads. Simply follow the instructions on the package.

Gifting a bromeliad

A bromeliad plant makes a great gift! Their color and unique look is sure to brighten up anyone´s day. Their durability ensures that the recipient will have the plant to remember you by for time to come.
A bromeliad is a great idea for an original thoughtful gift, something a little different than the usual bouquet but able to convey the same sentiment. Click here to see the bromeliad we offer or check out our collection of other potted plants.

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Did you know that …
If the buds and leaves darken it means that the bromeliad is missing light.

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If the ends of the leaves turn brown, is it dry or too hot.

Bromeliads blooms only once.

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