How to Grow a Neoregelia Zoe Plant in a Pot Indoors

Overview

Neoregelia ("Neo") Zoe plants are a smaller variety of bromeliads that are the easiest and most versatile of the species. Neo Zoe plants do well indoors, developing particularly beautiful foliage and a small tuft of petals that bloom in the center of the plant. Due to its smaller, more understated bloom, the Neo Zoe is not the most popular bromeliad, but it is one of the easiest to grow. With the correct indoor placement, watering regimen and air flow, the Neo Zoe plant will flourish with very little muss and fuss.

Step 1

Select a pot that is the diameter of the Neo Zoe plant and add potting soil so that it reaches the base of the leaves to provide support for the plant. Use a light-colored plastic pot with generous holes in the bottom for quick drainage.

Step 2

Place the Neo Zoe plant in bright light to full sun to get the best color, and make sure the plant is in an airy, ventilated room. Avoid temperature extremes, and don't place the Neo Zoe next to a heating or cooling vent.

Step 3

Water your plant at least twice per week, but allow the soil to dry before watering again. To get the best color, water more lightly than usual, cutting back to once per week and using distilled or rain water instead of tap water. Mist the Neo Zoe plant when the humidity declines in the house, whether during the winter or during dry spells in the summer.

Step 4

Feed the Neo Zoe with a low-nitrogen fertilizer, such as a 5-59-10 at 1/4 strength, once per week. Cut back on fertilizing to once per month during the winter.

Tips and Warnings

  • Avoid potting the Neo Zoe in a dark-colored plastic pot or clay pot. Dark plastic pots can harm the roots when they become hot in the sun, while clay pots can grow algae and accumulate mineral salts. Don't expose your Neo Zoe plant to temperatures above 100 degrees F. or below 35 degrees F. Watch for rot and fungus in the Neo Zoe plant. The presence of fungus or rot on the plant, particularly in the roots, will require a change of potting pix and could indicate over-watering.

Things You'll Need

  • Light-colored plastic pot
  • Potting mix
  • Distilled water (optional)
  • Low-nitrogen fertilizer

References

  • "Why Grow Bromeliads?," Bromeliad Society International

Who Can Help

  • "Neoregelia," Seabreeze Palms Nursery
  • "Bromeliads," University of Florida IFAS Extension
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