Bromaliads Plant Care


Bromeliads (Bromeliaceae) are native to the tropical and sub-tropical regions the Americas. The Bromeliaceae family has more than 1,500 species in 51 different genera, according to the University of Florida Extension Program. Different species within the bromeliad family have a variety of leaf shapes, sizes and colors. The leaves grow in a circular pattern and produce a flower from the center called an inflorescences. The pineapple is a well-known member of the bromeliaceae family.

Step 1

Select a pot with a diameter approximately the same size as the bromeliad plant. The pot needs at least one drainage hole in the bottom. Fill the pot with a mixture of equal parts bark, peat and perlite, or equal parts coarse sand, perlite and bark, to create a planting medium with good drainage.

Step 2

Place the bromeliad into the pot so that the base of the leaves is level with the lip of the pot. Fill in the planting medium under and around the roots so that the plant is secure in the pot. Add water until it runs from the drainage hole in the bottom. Put the pot in the sink to drain.

Step 3

Place your bromeliad where the temperature range is ideally between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. A humidity range between 40 and 60 percent is ideal. In dry weather, place a humidifier near the plant, or keep your bromeliad in a humid bathroom or greenhouse.

Step 4

Water once a week or when the top of the planting medium feels dry to the touch. Place the pot in the sink and spray it thoroughly until water runs out from the drainage hole in the bottom. Let the soil dry out between waterings.

Step 5

Spread 1/3 cup of general liquid fertilizer onto the potting medium every other month. Avoid getting fertilizer on the leaves as the nitrogen is likely to burn the foliage.

Things You'll Need

  • Pot
  • Peat
  • Coarse sand
  • Bark
  • Perlite
  • Fertilizer
  • Humidifier (optional)


  • Bromeliad Society International: Growing Bromeliads
  • University of Florida IFAS Extension: Bromeliads
Keywords: bromeliad plants, tropical house plants, potted bromeliads, pineapple

About this Author

Eulalia Palomo has been a freelance writer since 2009, with her work appearing on GardenGuides and eHow. She has studied herbal and alternative medicine and worked as a landscape artist and gardener. Palomo holds a Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies from Boston University.