Bromeliads are very popular houseplants, native to tropical climates, their original habitat is humid and they grow on shady forest floors or attached to trees under the canopies of other plants. This means bromeliads are adapted for warm, wet, shady climates. When brought indoors, bromeliads like nice, bright light but no prolonged periods of direct, hot sun and remember to mist.

 

Light

They’ll survive for a while in lower light conditions but need a fair amount of it to bring out the color and initiate flowering. Keep your Bromeliad somewhere near but not in a window, in the winter you may have to move it to a spot that gets more light. 

 

Water

Bromeliads are drought tolerant, they like a good watering every month.  Water the growing mix thoroughly & then let it all drain out of the pot.  The majority of bromeliads are epiphytes (meaning they grow on other plants, rocks, logs, etc & not in the soil) so never keep them soggy or let them sit directly in water.  If water collects in the cup flush it out every now and then to prevent bacteria forming. In winterwater sparingly.

 

Soil

Bromeliads love rich, organic matter in their soil but they must have excellent drainage. Orchid mix is ideal. Bromeliads have a small root system so you they dont require repotting too often.

 

Fertiliser: 

Bromeliads require little fertiliziing, they are a slow growing plant so never over fertilise. Occasionally you will want to use a water soluble fertilizer. Use happy houseplants vegan lliquid fertilizer dilluted to 1/2 to 1/4 strength. Simply spray the mixture over your plant. 

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