Bromeliad is a variety of tropical plant that has several species. This plant is characterized by the grouping of its leaves in a rosette shape and by its exotic look, which is rich in colors. In addition to being widely used to decorate gardens and flowerbeds, bromeliad can also be grown in vases to compose internal environments or used in vertical gardens.
If you want to know more about the bromeliad, here are some useful tips for taking care of the plant, a list of species that prefer sun or shade and interesting inspirations for decorating with the different types of this wonderful plant.
Main ways to be growing bromeliad in your home
Although there are several species of bromeliads, the care they require is very similar. Below, check out some tips for growing any variety of this plant.
To grow any variety of bromeliad, it is important to keep the following precautions in mind:
Watering: it is recommended to water frequently, wetting the central part of the plant and spraying water on its leaves on hot days.
Light: most species appreciate light, but some prefer shady areas and others can be grown in full sun, depending on the shade of the leaves.
Pots: it is recommended to grow them in clay or ceramic pots, as these containers guarantee greater stability for the plant and keep the substrate always fresh.
Substrate: bromeliads appreciate a light and less compact substrate, so it is recommended to add materials such as pine bark and coconut fiber to the soil mixture.
Fertilization: to stimulate the growth of leaves and flowers, it is recommended to fertilize the plant every 15 days, with an NPK 4-14-8, foliar fertilizer or with a specific product for bromeliads.
Temperature: prefer to grow them in ventilated environments with a temperature between 15° and 25°C, as bromeliads appreciate heat and humidity.
Pests and fungi: to combat mealybugs, aphids and other pests, use a tobacco solution diluted with water. Against fungi, wash the leaves gently with water and coconut soap.
Dengue: add a little coffee powder to its central rosette to prevent the proliferation of the dengue mosquito.
Flowering: Bromeliads flower only once when they reach the adult state and then send out buds on their sides for new plants.
Pruning: it is not necessary to do maintenance, aesthetic or growth pruning, just remove dry or damaged leaves. With all this care, your bromeliads will always be showy and make any space more beautiful with their leaves and colors.