Bromelia plant care advice

There are more than 40 different species within the Bromeliad plant genus. These plants look amazing both indoors and outside. Some of these plants are also known as ‘pineapple plants’ because of the way in which the leaves spike upwards. They look like the head of a pineapple. The flowers that the Bromelia plant produces are what make it such a popular addition to many homes and a superb gift as well. If you are planning on buying one for yourself or if you receive this plant as a gift, here are some essential care tips.

Time in the sun

Every plant needs some amount of sunlight but this does not mean that you want to leave them in direct sun all day. Different Bromelia plant types will have different preferences too. If the plant has broad leaves, it is best to keep them in areas with indirect sunlight or they could burn. In the northern hemisphere, these plants should be placed in a south-facing window for best results.

Water needs

Your Bromelia plant will need regular watering but you should be careful when doing so. The part of the plant that is created by the lower leaves is known as the ‘tank’ area and this is precisely where you do not want water to end up as it can result in rotting. Water directly over the soil and allow any excess to drain away.

The right temperature

Another important Bromelia plant need is the right temperature. Ideally, the plant enjoys a range between 13 and 29 degrees Celsius. For very brief periods, they can tolerate up to -7 degrees Celsius and as high as 37 degrees. However, this should not be the norm if you want them to thrive.

Soil and nutrients

To keep your plant happy, you need to make sure that it is rooted in the right soil and you can add fertilizer from time to time. Loamy soil is great for drainage and you should keep the soil moist but not soggy. If you grow the plant outside, you will need more fertilizer than a potted plant because it is likely that the nutrients will not only be enjoyed by your Bromelia. You should only use fertilizer during the growing period and not while the plant is dormant.

Other helpful tips

Like all plants, there are some bugs that will love to feast on your Bromelia plant. One of which is quite similar to the mealy bug but can be kept away by using the appropriate solutions found at your local nursery. The plant will only bloom once before producing baby plants, known as pups. It usually takes about 6 months before these small plants reach a third of the size of the main plant. At this point, they will need to be removed and replanted separately. While these plants are not poisonous to pets, it’s not a bad idea to keep them protected from curious snouts.

With all of these simple Bromelia plant care tips in mind, you will really get the most out of yours and you can even encourage your plant to produce more plants that you can enjoy or present as gift to friends and loved ones.