Members of the Pineapple family Bromeliads grow in the tropical and sub-tropical forests of the Americas. There are also hot desert and cool mountain varieties amongst this large family.
What Are Bromeliads
- All 3000 + varieties of Bromeliads are composed of a spiral arrangement of leaves sometimes called a rosette.
- There are Terrestrial (soil grown plants) and Epiphytic species growing on other plants and trees.
- They are slow and hard to bring into flower generally only flowering once. After flowering they produce offsets called ‘Pups’ from which new plants will grow.
- The green, leafy top of a pineapple is a pup that may be removed and planted to start a new plant.
- Flowers are generally central spikes held away from the plants or short with the flower nestled in the centre.
Popular Groups of Bromeliads
- Guzmania have long lasting red bracts and like humid conditions
- Vreiesea are probably the most freely available plants with over-lapping bracts producing a sword shape.
- Tillandsia and air plants are epiphytic Bromeliands.