Bromeliads FAQ

What is a Bromeliad?

The family Bromeliaceae are epiphytes originating from the southern United States, South America and West Indies, where they grow on trees, stumps and decaying branches. They have interesting leaves, often with colourful bands, and their stunning flowering bracts last several months, making them ideal house plants, particularly for a warm conservatory or glasshouse.

How long do they flower for?

Their flowers are long lasting, typically between 2-6 months. Once its finished cut the flower head off.

Will it flower again?

No, the plant itself will not flower again, and after some time it will slowly die. However during that time it will be creating ‘pups’ which will flower again. You can either leave them with the mother plant, but I tend to cut them off when they reach half the size of the main plant, pot them in well draining compost and let them root for a while. If you want to encourage it to flower again just simply remove any water from the cup, place a sealed bag over the plant and pot with a ripe apple for 7-10 days. This apple emits a chemical which forces the plant into flower. After around 3 months, with the right care, you will get a new flower to admire. Don’t fertilise too much or use a high nitrogen feed as it needs to be a little stressed to flower.

Can I repot my Bromeliad?

If the plant is root bound yes, but be aware they are often epiphytic (grow on trees) and don’t require much soil so don’t over pot and make sure to use a well drained potting compost.

Is it easy to look after?

Yes, it’s a great plant to buy for beginners who want to start getting into houseplants.

How do I care for my plant?

They tend to grow under tree-canopies so do not need full sun. The best position for is near a window where it can see sky as much as possible but not direct sunlight. Water around once a week and keep the cup filled, with rainwater preferably. Fertilise infrequently every month or so, I tend to use a spray orchid feed as their requirements are similar. Spray directly on their leaves where it is absorbed. We also have spray houseplant feed here at Urban Jungle which would be suitable.