Plant Care 

Bromeliads vary widely in appearance. One of the only features they have in common is their rosette-forming foliage.

- Cartwheel Plant  (Neoregelia carolinae ‘Tricolor’) - Flaming Sword Plant  (Vriesea splendens) - Queen’s Tears (Billbergia nutans) - Scarlet Star (Guzmania lingulata) - Urn Plant (Aechmea fasciata)

Here are five types you might enjoy growing indoors:

Because some bromeliads are epiphytes that grow on trees or rocks in the wild, they can easily rot in soggy soil.

Although bromeliads like some sunlight, too much midday sun may burn them.

Consider watering bromeliads with rainwater or spring water rather than hard tap water, which can spot the foliage.

To fertilize your bromeliad houseplant, mix up a little all-purpose plant food at half the strength called for on the packaging. Then, pour it into a spray bottle and mist your plant’s foliage and tank with the nutrients.

Since many bromeliads absorb moisture through their “skin,” these plants appreciate high humidity.

Wait until those offsets are one-third to one-half the size of their mother plant before you remove the cluster from its container.

Bromeliads aren’t toxic to pets or people, but some do have spines that can break skin.

If your plant begins to look rotten to the core, it might be too late to save it.

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