Caring for Bromeliads

A trio of red and gold potted bromeliads

How to Care For Bromeliads

Bromeliads originate from the tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas, stretching from the southern United States down to Argentina. They're versatile plants growing in a variety of environments, from rainforests to deserts. This wide-ranging habitat is why they're so adaptable and can thrive in many different home settings. The Bromeliaceae family is quite diverse, boasting over 3,000 species spread across various genera. These species vary widely in appearance, habitat, and size and include pineapples (genus Ananas) and air plants (genus Tillandsia). However, some of the best types of bromeliads to adorn your home are those in the Guzmania, Neoregelia, and Vriesea genera.

Bromeliad Light Needs

Most bromeliad types thrive in bright, indirect light. As a rule of thumb, bromeliads with very green, soft, or flexible leaves require less light than ones with sturdy and stiff leaves with more color.

How Often to Water Bromeliads

Bromeliads are tropical plants that enjoy humidity and moisture, so misting them frequently is a good idea. However, be careful not to overwater your bromeliad. Ensure their soil is never too soggy, or they will be at high risk for root rot. In fact, it's best to water your bromeliad only once every week or two in the summer and once every two to three weeks in the winter.

If your bromeliad has cups, or rosette leaves that create a unique place for the plant to store water, it's best to water your plant from the top and fill these cups. If the cups are filled with stagnant water, it's crucial to flush them to remove any salt or bacteria build-up that could harm your bromeliad.

Bring some green into your home now!

Follow these guidelines and watch your plants thrive and become cherished living decor in your home. Their vibrant color, freshness, and vitality provide daily health and well-being benefits that will make you feel like you are living in a garden paradise.