Most Bromeliad of the thousands of species are tropical plants. In the UK they make good house plants and pot plants for a conservatory. Others plants in the same family are the genus including Aechmea, Neoregelia, Vriesea and Guzmania
- The foliage grows in a natural rosette of sword shaped leaves.
- A central cup of leaves catches water in the plant’s natural habitat. In the home just top up this cup with soft water once a week. Over-watered can cause root rot.
- Use a liquid feed once a month but not via the cup.
- Avoid direct sunlight but the plants need plenty of light. Semi-shade is ideal.
Keep the air humid by putting the pot in a saucer of gravel.
The brightly colored leaves are called bracts.
After flowering the Bromeliad may start to produce offsets called pups.