Bromelia
     
 

Care

Whichever Bromeliad you choose, you will definitely enjoy it! You can find them year round at your garden centre and in exchange for a drop of water, you will have a tropical companion for many months to come. For everything it has to offer, Bromeliad asks for surprisingly little. We have shown all the most important tips below but as you can see, the Bromeliad is really easy to care for.
 
   

Care

Tips

These are the most important tips to ensure that you will enjoy your Bromeliad for a long time:

  • Keep your Bromeliad in a bright spot, but it should be placed away from direct sunlight
  • Pour water into the centre of the plant. Tap water is OK but rainwater is better
  • Keep the soil moist but never let it get soggy. No need to give it plant food
  • No need to give it plant food.
    If you would really like to spoil your Bromeliad on a very warm day, then salsa round it with a water spray, or put the outside pot in a bowl of water so that the water can slowly evaporate around the plant. In an indoor climate the Bromeliad takes it's water and food from the air in exactly the same way as in the wild.

    Has your Bromeliad finished flowering? Then it's time for a new one as Bromeliads only flower once.

 

Taking your Bromeliad outside

These are tropical plants, so they won’t like being out in frosty weather, but when it's 15°C / 59°F or more, you can move your Bromeliads from the living room to your balcony or patio. Give them good protection; it would be advisable to cover them at night, especially during the first weeks. And keep them out of full sun just as you did indoors. A spot in the shade is perfect. Particularly good for taking outside are: Aechmea, Billbergia, Ananas, Neoreglia and Tillandsia.

Can you grow Bromeliads yourself?

With a couple of Bromeliads and a little patience, you really can grow your own plants. After flowering, you will notice new little plants (still attached) growing at the base of the original plant. Let them grow until they reach half the size of the original plant. For two weeks, keep pouring water into their calyxes and then remove the baby Bromeliads, preferably along with some roots. Put the young Bromeliads in their own pots filled with fresh potting soil. Then leave them undisturbed for a year. They should then be ready to flower. Now here’s the trick: put a ripe apple into the centre of the plant, cover the plant with a plastic bag, and close it. Let the apple ripen next to the plant for another three weeks. In another eight to sixteen weeks you can see the results: a completely new flower has appeared!
 

 
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