Adopting and caring for Bromeliad Electric
Adopting: A well-grown Bromeliad is a crispy, symmetric specimen that looks and feels happy. Inspect the plant carefully for any signs of rotting or other damage. The leaves should be spiky and fresh with no signs of browning or damage
Locating: Bromeliads need bright light, but not direct sun. Set the plant up in a bright, airy spot in your home or office. Many people who grow these plants indoors also supplement their light needs with artificial lights
Potting: Bromeliads require well-drained soil with good organic matter, one that provides excellent drainage and aeration. A good mix of 30:30:40 of coco-peat, coarse sand, compost is ideal for these beauties.
Watering: Bromeliads have the ability to collect water in their leaf cups. So a daily watering schedule is not necessary for the plant. Look out if the soil the plant is in is moist and that should do. While watering can be moderate, these plants do need high humidity. So finding ways to mist the plant or creating humidity around the plant is necessary to keep the plant healthy.
Fertilising: Bromeliads require very little in terms of feeding. If you must fertilise give them some organic liquid fertiliser once or twice a year. Dilute it in water as described on the pack and add little to each pot as part of your watering routine. If you are using a chemical fertiliser do ensure that you keep it away from the plant and its tiny roots
From being seen as exotic plants that only expert gardeners could handle, Bromeliads have come a long way and entered the lives of amateurs too. Their unusual shapes, colours and once-in-a-lifetime flowers have all made them talk worthy plants. They are extremely easy to care, as all they require is an occasional drink of water and a well-lit spot.
Did you know
Did you know? A mother Bromeliad will die once its flower dies out giving birth to a number of pups that sprout under its base.