Bromeliad Vriesea Carinata
The best-known Bromeliad in the world is, of course, the pineapple. But there are 3000 other species of these plants out there that have made their way into the homes of ornamental gardeners. Natives of tropical and sub-tropical regions of South America – specifically Brazil and Paraguay, Bromeliads can be found in deserts, as well as in rainforests. These easy to maintain plants can become showpieces in homes and offices.
Adopting and caring for Bromeliad Vriesea Carinata
Adopting: Adding a vibrant, well-grown Bromeliad to a plant collection is a feeling only a plant parent can understand. At eplants, we bring you display-ready plants, with high-quality growth, compact shape, and well-formed leaves
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 and 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. Just make sure the soil 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, Bormelaids have come a long way and entered the lives of amateurs too. Their unusual shapes, colors, and once-in-a-lifetime flowers have made them talk worthy plants. They are extremely easy to care for, as all they require is good humidity and a well-lit spot.
Did you know
Like the pineapple, a mother Bromeliad will die once its flower fades, giving birth to a number of pups that sprout under the base of the plant.