Bromeliad care and handling


Your bromeliad prefers indirect bright light from a sunny eastern window. Too little light and the plant will not produce new pups and flowers, but too much light will burn the leaves.

Bromeliads are unique in that you water the center of the plant instead of the soil. Keep the center of the plant filled with water at all times – up to halfway. Every few weeks, empty any water, rinse and fill with fresh water. This helps prevent salt and mineral build-up. Only water the soil once every month. When watering the soil, water until liquid flowers through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer.

Bromeliads prefer a humid environment. Mist often, add a pebble tray or place a humidifier nearby.

Your bromeliad prefers normal room temperatures between 60-80 degrees F.

Bromeliads are similar to air plants in that they take in nutrients through their foliage. Use a fertilizer spray on your bromeliad 1-2 times a month during spring and summer. You can use a spray made for orchids or air plants.

Bromeliads are not known to be toxic but can cause contact dermatitis or allergic reactions in sensitive individuals, so it may be best to wear gloves when repotting or pruning and wash your hands afterward.