The vriesea plant is a tropical bromeliad that produces sword-shaped flowers with patterned foliage. Vriesea plants are outdoor-hardy in USDA growing zones 10 through 15, but are commonly grown as indoor container plants. Growing vriesea requires patience; it will not produce blooms until the plant is 3 to 4 years old.
Growing Vriesea Outdoors
Plant the vriesea in sandy loam soil. The plant will tolerate most light conditions. Amend clay soils by tilling 2 to 3 inches of compost into the planting area.
Mix a controlled-release fertilizer into the soil at planting to increase the nutrient value of the soil. Follow the instructions on the package.
Place a sun shade or canopy over plants grown in full sunlight.
Water the vriesea plant thoroughly when the soil surface is dry. The soil should be moist but not saturated.
To propagate a vriesea, dig around a shoot and cut it off with a sharp knife. Remove shoots once a small rosette of leaves is present.
Amend low-nutrient soil annually by adding compost.
Growing Vriesea Indoors
Plant the vriesea in a container with sandy or tropical potting soil. Place the plant in a location that offers bright indirect light.
Provide air circulation around the plant by opening a window or placing a circulating fan in the room.
Place a tray filled with wet gravel under the pot to increase humidity. Keep the humidity around the plant at 40 to 60 percent. Do not allow the pot to sit directly in water.
Water the vriesea plant thoroughly once the soil surface is dry. Plants grown in a pot require watering once a week depending on the humidity level.
Apply liquid houseplant fertilizer at 1/2 strength every one to two months during the growing season. Stop the fertilizer application during low-light winter months.
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