How To Care For Bromelia Potted Plants

The Bromeliad plant genus consists of over 40 different species.  These plants are great for both outdoor landscapes and as indoor potted plants.  Some species are fondly referred to as “pineapple plants” due to the way the leaves spike upwards similar to the head of a pineapple.  What makes this plant so special is its lovely flowers as well as the fact that the leaves start at soil level.  They are fairly easy to care for and they make excellent floral gifts for any occasion.  If you intend on sending a potted Bromelia for Mother’s Day or if you have recently received one yourself, then here are some helpful hints on how to care for this exquisite plant:


Different types of Bromelia have different light requirements.  Those with broad leaves tend to burn if they are exposed to too much direct sunlight.  If you live in the northern hemisphere, then placing your Bromelia plant in a south-facing window is usually an ideal year round home.  The opposite is true for those who live in the southern hemisphere, of course.

Bromelia Plant


Bromelias enjoy regular watering.  Be careful not to pour water in the “tank” area.  That’s the part of the plant created by the lower leaves.  If you fill this area up with water, it can cause the bloom to rot.  Water the soil directly and thoroughly to give those roots plenty to absorb.


Bromelias are a fairly hardy bunch and they can tolerate temperatures that range from about 13 to 29 degrees Celsius.  For brief periods of time, they can tolerate temperatures as low as -7 degrees Celsius and as high as 37 degrees Celsius.  The higher the humidity, the higher the air temperature that can be tolerated by the Bromelia plant and sufficient air circulation as well.

Soil and fertilizer

Bromelias enjoy loamy soil that offers a fair amount of drainage.  The soil should be kept moist but not soggy.  In terms of fertilizer, there are no strict or absolute rules.  Bromelias grown outdoors usually require more fertilizer than those grown in the home.  Ask your local nursery professional about the best type of fertilizer for your particular Bromelia plant.

Potted Bromelia Plant

Other handy tips

One of the most common enemies of Bromelia plants are insects similar to mealy bugs.  Check with your nursery about a pesticide to prevent these critters from making themselves at home and monitor your Bromelia regularly.

The main Bromelia plant will only bloom once.  It will then produce baby plants called “pups” which will take about 6 months to reach one third of the size of the main plant.  Once they reach this size, they should be gently removed and repotted separately.

Bromelias are typically not poisonous to pets but, keeping them out of reach is always a good idea.  You don’t want your fury friends to start nibbling on your precious plants!