Bromeliads are grown outdoors in Florida, but make beautiful houseplants anywhere in the country.
Bromeliads bloom once and then send out “pups” at the base of the plant that will continue the tradition of stunning admirers with their rosettes of overlapping leaves.
Considered “air plants” because they can attach themselves to palm trees, the Bromeliads come in a beautiful array of different colors. Pineapples are actually a type of bromeliad, but are typically grown for fruit rather than for landscaping.
Tricks For Getting Bromeliads To Bloom
According to the Bromeliad Society International, if your Bromeliad is not blooming it may not be mature enough yet. The Bromeliad Society International recommends feeding the plant with a small amount of Epsom Salts to promote blooms.
Another trick for making your Bromeliad bloom, is to expose the Bromeliad to ethylene gas. The Bromeliad Society International suggests enclosing the Bromeliad in a plastic bag with an apple for a week to promote a bloom.
If you live in Florida or subtropical areas, Bromeliads are nice because they are drought tolerant. They also make beautiful houseplants and can be adapted to house conditions.
More tips for growing Bromeliads:
No. 1: Bromeliads are shaped in such a way to hold water. The roots of the bromeliad cling to trees such as palm trees. The leaves of the bromeliad arise from its main cup which stores water for from rainfalls. Don’t overwater. Water Bromeliads with distilled water instead of tap water.
No. 2: Plant in full sun outside or under the light shade of a palm tree. Indoors keep in a well-lit window sill.
No. 3: If your Bromeliad house plant is turning yellow, it may be getting too much direct sun. Switch to an east or west window. If the plant is dark green, it may be getting not enough light.
No. 4: The Bromeliads thrive in temperatures between 55 and 80 degrees. Do not expose them to cold weather.
No. 5: How do you propagate Bromeliads? Bromeliads send up off-sets or small plants at the base of the plant. They can be cut and put in pots until they develop roots and form a central cup. Remove the Bromeliad “pups” to create a new plant when they reach 1/3 to 1/2 the size of the parent Bromeliad.
Bromeliads can bring a tropical flair to your home. Bromeliads are breathtaking when in bloom. Be careful when handling since the leaves may be sharp.
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