Vriesea is a flowering bromiliad, native to the forests of Mexico, South America and Central America. Bromiliads are monocarpic, meaning that they only bloom once and then die. Vriesea, most commonly grown as a houseplant, produces a tall, sword-shaped flower which can last for months.
Provide light, but no direct sunlight, for your Vriesea, and try to maintain temperatures around the plant in the 55- to 60-degree F range.
Plant your Vriesea in a planting medium that is produced specifically for epiphytic plants. Horticulturists at Clemson University suggest a mixture of 2 parts of pine bark, 1 part peat moss and 1 part sand. Other materials you can use as a planting medium include lava rock and charcoal.
Water the Vriesea by locating the tank, an area in the center of the plant; it looks a bit like a rosette. Pour distilled water into the cup-like tank until it is full. These plants can also be watered by moistening the planting medium. Let the planting medium dry out prior to watering again. Mist the leaves daily to provide the plant with humidity.
Apply fertilizer to your plant by using a diluted solution in a spray bottle and misting the leaves. A water-soluble, high-acid fertilizer diluted to 1/4 strength should be sufficient.
Prune your Vriesea by removing the "pups" located, usually on one side of the plant, near the bottom leaves. These will appear after the plant blooms and can be removed to create more plants.