How to Care for a Bromelia Plant


The vivid colors and unusual plant formation of bromeliads add interest to any collection of indoor plants. Because bromeliads are considered air plants, watering requirements differ than conventional house plants. Care for a bromelia plant means providing adequate light and proper nutrition for the plant to bloom and produce "pups". These pups grow to replace the mother plant when the bloom fades and dies.

Step 1

Place the bromelia plant in a sunny location to ensure adequate light. Darker colored plants require more light while the light green bromelia are happy with less. A yellowing plant means there is not enough light and the plant must be moved to a brighter location.

Step 2

Spray the bromeliad with the water bottle in a fine mist twice weekly. The structure of the plant allows the water to be gathered in the cups formed by the leaves of the plant. The nutrients are transferred to the plant in this manner.

Step 3

Allow the soil medium of the bromeliad to dry out completely between mistings. The most common cause of dead bromeliads is over watering.

Step 4

Remove the bloom of the bromeliad as the color fades and the flower loses its beauty. Simply cut off as close to the base of the flower as possible with the pruning shears. Bromeliads only bloom once in their lifetime. The new "pups" will produce the next bloom.

Step 5

Transplant the pups when they reach about 2 inches in height. Clear any dead or dying leaves from the mother plant and continue tending as usual. The pups should be cared for in the same manner as the mother plant.

Things You'll Need

  • Spray bottle
  • Pruning shears


  • Care of Bromeliads
  • Lighting Requirements of Bromeliads
  • Reblooming Bromeliads
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Julie Richards is a freelance writer from Ohio. She has been writing poetry and short stories for over 30 years, and published a variety of e-books and articles on gardening, small business and farming. She is currently enrolled at Kent State University completing her bachelor's degree in English.