3 Easy Bromeliads for Indoor Landscapes
Bromeliads are a popular indoor plant choice. They are exotic looking tropical plants that are known for their bright colors and lush foliage. Most bromeliads are fairly easy to care for, making them ideal for indoor landscapes. There are thousands of species and cultivars in this broad family of plants. Here are three that require very little care, are easy to find, and are sure to add pizzazz to any plantscaping design.
Aechmea fasciata, also known as the silver urn plant, is one of the more common types of bromeliad. It has broad, strap like foliage. The foliage is a dusty green color with silver, horizontal banding. The plant produces a light pink flower spike with small purple flowers. The silver urn can grow up to 3 feet tall. It performs best in bright, indirect light but it will tolerate partial shade as well. Keep water in the central tank and flush this area with fresh water periodically to remove dust and mineral build up. Make sure this bromeliad is potted in a light, quick draining potting mix. Mixes specially formulated for bromeliads or orchids are generally the best.
Guzmania lingulata, or scarlet star, has narrow, bright green, glossy leaves and brilliantly
colored bracts. The center of the plant blushes scarlet red at maturity. This plant should be watered in the central tank with and potted in a well draining potting mix. It will thrive in a small pot, but make sure it is anchored well because the plant can become top heavy. This Guzmania prefers high humidity and misting it regularly can make up for any lack of environmental humidity. Guzmania can also be found in other varieties that produce yellow or orange bracts.
Vriesea splendens, also called flaming sword, has attractive foliage and inflorescence. The foliage is long and strap like. It is green with maroon, horizontal banding on both sides of the leaf. When mature, it sends up a brilliant red flower spike, from which its common name is derived. Like the other two bromeliads mentioned, it should be planted in a well draining mix and watered in the central cup.
Tips To Remember for Bromeliad Care
- All bromeliads, except a few, flower only once and then start to fade away. The inflorescence is long lasting, but eventually it will turn brown and wither. You can remove the inflorescence once it becomes unsightly. By doing this, the plant will focus all of its energy on producing offspring called pups, that can be removed and potted on their own.
- Almost all bromeliads will burn in direct sunlight. Find a bright space, but not too close to a window as direct lighting can cause the bromeliad’s leaves to scorch.
- Most bromeliads thrive in high humidity. If your location isn’t naturally humid, misting will help your bromeliad. When the tips of the leaves turn brown, this is a good indicator that the bromeliad isn’t receiving enough water.
- It is best to err on the side of under-watering. Bromeliads have small roots that aren’t designed to take up much water. When the roots are subjected to soggy conditions for long periods of time, they will rot. If the bromeliad has a central tank, it is best to keep water within in additional to wetting the potting media. Be sure to allow the potting medium to dry completely before watering the plant again. A bromeliad can recover from the stress of being too dry, but it is much harder to recover from root rot.
Stick to these care guides and you will have beautiful, long lasting bromeliads. These plants are easy and perfect for adding a colorful, tropical feel to indoor landscapes. These three varieties are very easy to find in nurseries or even online, but there are many other popular varieties you can experiment with.
What are your favorite bromeliad varieties?
“Aechmea fasciata: Growing Guidelines” Bromeliads.info
“Guzmania Cheat Sheet” Bromeliads.info
“Getting to Know Vriesea” Bromeliads.info
Jaggedy-edge flower by Quinn Dombrowski via https://www.flickr.com/photos/quinnanya/3815850151/?rb=1
Scarlet Star by Cliff via https://www.flickr.com/photos/nostri-imago/2857478111/
Flaming Sword Flower, Tropical Lily House, Oxford Botanical Garden by Jim Linwood via https://www.flickr.com/photos/brighton/3387218489/