How Do I Care for a Bromeliad Plant?


Although bromeliads in nature dwell on trees and on the forest floor, they have adapted surprisingly well to container growing and to the harsher indoor environment of most homes. A relative of the pineapple, bromeliads vary in size, flowers, and foliage color and markings. There are both terrestrial and epiphytic varieties as well. One aspect that most bromeliads have in common is that they are easy to care for.

Step 1

Place the bromeliad near a window with anything but a northern exposure. Keep it out of direct sunlight. Ideal light levels vary by species. Keep an eye on the plant, as it will indicate whether the light level is adequate. If the foliage turns yellow or pale green, it is receiving too much light. If the plant appears to be elongated it may need more light.

Step 2

Keep the air temperature between 70 and 75 degrees F during the day and 60 and 65 degrees F at night.

Step 3

Water the bromeliad until the water runs out of the bottom of the pot, then wait until the planting medium is completely dry prior to watering again.

Step 4

Mist the bromeliad at least once a day to provide humidity.

Step 5

Fertilize the bromeliad with a liquid houseplant fertilizer, at half the strength recommended on the package, bimonthly. Do not fertilize in the winter.

Step 6

Transplant the epiphyte bromeliad into the next largest pot size every spring. Use tree-fern bark or other wood-type soilless mixtures instead of potting soil.

Things You'll Need

  • Plant misting bottle filled with water
  • Fertilizer


  • Bromeliads Plant Care Info: Bromeliads Care and Culture Overview
  • ‭"The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual‬";‭ Barbara Pleasant; ‬2005
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