Guzmanias are tropical bromeliads native to Central and South America. The "Passion" hybrid is of unknown parentage but has proven to be a favorite for indoor gardeners. Blooming in one tall, spiky red flower, the plant dies after flowering. The good news is that it will generally produce pups, small new plants growing off the side at soil level. Specific care requirements help the plant thrive.
Grow the Guzmania Passion in a bromeliad mix, instead of standard potting soil.
Plant the bromeliad in an area that receives lots of light, but not direct sunlight.
Keep the temperature in the Guzmania Passion plant's environment between 70 and 75 F during the day and 60 to 65 F at night.
Provide humidity for the Guzmania by using a commercial humidifier in your home. You can also fill a tray with pebbles, pour water over them until just the tops are exposed, and place the potted bromeliad on top. The bottom of the pot should not touch the water. As the water evaporates, add more, but never allow it to completely cover the pebbles and wet the bottom of the pot.
Water the Guzmania Passion when the soil feels dry to the touch. A general recommendation is to water the plant until the water drains from the bottom of the pot and don't water again until a finger poked into the soil comes out dry. Keep the "cup," (the rosette in the center of the plant) full of water at all times.
Fertilize the Guzmania Passion plant with an all-purpose houseplant fertilizer, diluted to half the strength recommended on the label, every two weeks. Water the soil prior to fertilizing.
Remove the dead flower by cutting it back to the base of the stalk.
Cut off pups (baby Guzmania growing on the sides of the mother plant) with a sharp knife or razor blade and pot them in the same bromeliad mix.