Gardening

Bromeliad has panache


With its colorful inflorescence surrounded by a crown of leaves, bromeliad does not go unnoticed.

This exotic beauty with many shapes and varieties plays the original in our interiors.

Native to Central and South America, belonging to the bromeliad family, bromeliad is an epiphytic plant. Like the orchid, it grows on trees, collecting with its aerial roots the water and nutrients necessary for its survival. About fifty species exist, of various shapes and colors (red, yellow, orange, purple, two-tone).

A pretty houseplant

Among the most common in houseplants, we find the guzmania, with flower and leaves arranged in a star; the vriesea, with the flower in the shape of a cob; and theaechmea fasciata with the amazing pink flower.

Their common point:

  • A brightly colored inflorescence that protrudes out of a halo of leaves.
  • A graphic and exotic look that appeals to lovers of green plants.
  • It must be said that alone or associated with other colorful varieties, bromeliad brings a dose of good humor to the decor.

Good care of bromeliad

Robust and easy, bromeliad needs light. Place it in a well-lit place, but without direct sunlight. Like the orchid, it cannot stand stagnant water that causes its roots to rot.

Watering Bromeliad:

Water the heart of the calyx above the sink and allow the water to drain out of the pot before replacing the plant.

Regularly moisten its foliage with a sprayer to recreate some of the dampness of its original habitat.

Use non-hard, rain or filtered water.

Bromelia, an ephemeral flower

Bromeliad has the particularity of flowering only once, but its flowering lasts three to six months.

After flowering, remove the inflorescence and save the mother plant for its foliage.

If suckers appear, you can take a shoot to replant in a well-drained mixture of potting soil and peat (orchid soil).

A year later, you might be lucky enough to see your new bromeliad bloom.

Bromeliad care at a glance

Here are our tips for easy bromeliad care:

  • Bromeliad appreciates light but dreads full sun
  • Regular watering is ideal, just pouring a little water into the calyx of the plant
  • No fertilizer is really necessary, the plant is generally satisfied with the nutrients contained in the water.

> After the bromeliad has bloomed, if it has wilted, there is no point in keeping it because a Bromeliad only flowers once.

Bromeliad outdoors

In the summer, it is quite possible to take your bromeliad outdoors.

It will appreciate, as in its natural environment, drawing from the atmosphere the nutrients it needs to thrive.

L. H.


Visuals credit: OHF

  • Find all the plants of the bromeliad family

Video: The Garden Gurus - Creating a living Bromeliad tree (October 2020).