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How to Care for Bromeliad Plant

By Melody Dawn ; Updated September 21, 2017
Bromeliads are easy to grow
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Bromeliads are tropical, perennial plants that belong to the pineapple family. These plants are very easy to care for and can survive neglect, including low light and little water. They are frequently grown as houseplants because they adapt to their conditions. Bromeliads vary in size, shape and color and usually grow on a host plant, such as a tree trunk or clinging to rocks. Common bromeliads include the Earth Star and the Silver Vase.

Plant your bromeliads with 2 to 3 inches in the bottom of the container. This will allow for proper drainage and increase humidity. Mist the plants once a week with a bottle sprayer filled with water. This will also increase humidity.

Place your bromeliad in an area that will get bright, indirect sunlight for at least six hours a day. The plants will be healthier if you maintain their light conditions. Place the bromeliads with your orchids if you have indoor orchid plants.

Maintain temperatures of at least 70 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and 60 to 65 degrees at night. Tropical plants generally do not survive extreme cold temperatures.

Water your plants when the soil gets completely dry. Water your bromeliad with enough water to make the soil moist but not saturated. Provide drainage holes in the bottom of the planter so the plant does not stand in water.

Fertilize your plants by misting the leaves with a diluted bromeliad fertilizer at least once a month. Mix equal parts of fertilizer and water and put it in a water bottle mister.

Cut the blooms off the plant once the flowers have died. Use sharp pruning sheers to cut the flowers off as far down the flower stalk as you can. This will not kill the plant.

Separate the new plants once they begin to grow to thin the plants out and propagate new ones.


Things You Will Need

  • Pruning sheers
  • Water bottle mister
  • Fertilizer

About the Author


Based in Atlanta, Melody Dawn has been writing business articles and blogs since 2004. Her work has appeared in the "Gainesville Times," "Player's Press" and "USA Today." She is also skilled in writing product descriptions and marketing materials. Dawn holds a Master of Business from Brenau University.