The Q&A Archives: Bromelliad Care

Question: I bought a Bromeiliad but there was no care information.

Answer: In general, bromelliads prefer well-lit, bright windowsills, but not direct sunlight. A south, west or east window is often perfect. Plants that are yellowish may be receiving too much light, while plants that are dark green, or elongated, may be receiving too little light.

Bromeliads are also highly tolerant of temperature variations, but remember that plants in hotter conditions will need more humidity. Ideally, bromeliads prefer temperatures between 55?F and 80?F. They should not be exposed to temperatures under 40?F.

Bromeliads are very tolerant of drought conditions. It's not necessary to keep the central cup filled with water, but this is an option if the light levels, temperature and humidity are high enough. If you do centrally water your bromeliad, make sure to flush the central cup every so often to remove any built-up salts. In general, however, it's easier to water the plants through the soil than through the cup. Water weekly during the growing season and reduce watering during the winter rest period. Never let the plant rest in standing water.

Although they are epiphytic, bromeliads can be grown in a fast-draining potting soil. A mixture of 2/3 peat-based soil mix and 1/3 sand is a good mix. Bromeliads are not heavy feeders. During the growing season, use a liquid fertilizer at 1/2 or 1/4 strength and feed every 2-3 weeks.

Good luck with your new plant!

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