Bromeliad Care Instructions - Guzmania, Fishtail, Silver Vase
Bromeliads in their natural habitat grow very similarly to air plants. They attach themselves to large trees and get a lot of their moisture by collecting and storing it in their cones, as well as by absorbing it from the air in the humid climates in which they live.
Light - Think, what would it be like under the canopy of a leafy tree? They like a space that receives bright light, but nothing too direct and intense.
Water - Fill up their cone with water to create a similar effect to it collecting rainwater. This is going to give a little reservoir that the plant can pull some humidity from. Be prepared to empty and flush out the cone with fresh water to avoid salt build up. Every now and then, since we don’t have nearly the humidity they’d have in their natural environments, they will require additional water directly into the soil. Bromeliads are known to be drought tolerant so if you’re watering sparingly to avoid over watering, that is preferred rather than sitting in soggy soil. Again they do like it humid so slightly moist soil is A-Ok!
*Just like people, each plant is a unique living thing and may have varying needs, especially in their individual locations. These are basic guidelines that may have to be augmented slightly depending on the environment you place your plant in, as well as frequency and amount of water given.