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How to Grow Bromeliad Plants

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Overview

Bromeliads are a member of the pineapple plant family and require very little maintenance to provide beautiful color and spectacular blooms as an indoor plant. The soil requirements for the bromeliad differs from regular houseplants due to the nature of their genus. Bromeliads are, in fact, considered air plants and gather the much needed nutrients from the water they are given. Bromeliads may be potted or mounted on growing boards for easy care.

Mounted Bromeliads

Step 1

Drill four holes into the mounting plank or growing board. These boards can usually be found at better nurseries and green houses. The boards resemble pieces of a tree trunk, complete with bark. The rough surface allows the bromeliad roots to attach themselves to the board with little trouble.

Step 2

Wrap the roots of the bromeliad with sphagnum moss and wire the moss to keep it in place. The moss will retain the moisture needed by the roots at the plant grows.

Step 3

Wire the bromeliad to the growing board in an attractive manner making sure the center cup of the plant is in an upward direction. The cup, or vase, collects the water needed for the plant to grow.

Step 4

Hang the mounted bromeliad in a bright location. If the color starts to fade in the plant, move the bromeliad into a brighter spot. Plants that start to yellow are getting too much sun and should be moved to a shadier spot. Sometimes it is just a matter of moving closer to or further from the window by a matter of inches.

Step 5

Water the bromeliad twice weekly by spraying with the water bottle. The entire board may be deposited into a bucket of water or sink for a couple of minutes and allowed to drain, then hung back up for display. In winter months, the humidity of the home is generally drier and the bromeliad may require more frequent watering.

Potted Bromeliads

Step 1

Fill a 6 inch pot with one inch of gravel or pebbles for drainage. Add soil-less growing medium until the pot is full. You can mix the soil-less mixture with regular potting soil, however the bromeliad gathers its nutrients from the air and water and not the soil.

Step 2

Make a well in the center of the potting mixture and place the bromeliad in the pot. Tamp down the growing medium around the base of the plant.

Step 3

Mist the bromeliad with the water bottle and place in the desired growing location. This should be a bright window. If the color starts to fade, the bromeliad must be moved closer to the light. Yellowing plants are getting too much light and should be moved back from the window.

Step 4

Add humidity to the growing area by placing the potted bromeliad on a tray filled with pebbles and water. As the water evaporates the humidity level increases. Keep filling the tray as needed.

Step 5

Mist the potted bromeliad twice a week so the cup, or vase, is full of water. If the water becomes stagnant between waterings simply tip the bromeliad and drain the water.

Things You'll Need

  • Spray bottle of water
  • Mounting board (if desired)
  • Wire
  • Sphagnum moss
  • Soil-less potting medium (for potted plants)

References

  • Growing Bromeliads
  • Growing Bromeliads Indoors
  • Bromeliads
Keywords: bromeliad care, growing bromeliads, bromeliad plants

About this Author

JulieAnn is a freelance writer from Ohio. She has been writing poetry and short stories for 30 years. Recently JulieAnn has written a variety of e-books and numerous articles on gardening, small business, and farming. JulieAnn is currently enrolled at Kent State University completing her Bachelor's degree in English.