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Bromeliacea are a Great Plant For Your Greenhouse

Posted September 26th, 2016 by Robin Nichols in , ,

bromeliaceaePlant Name

Bromeliacea, Various genera

Common Names

Bromeliads, Air plants, Living vase plants

Light Needs

High light with some direct sun.

Best Temperatures

Warm conditions or around 60ºF (16ºC).

Water and Humidity Requirements

Keep the center cups of the “soft” vase-shaped types filled with rainwater; drain and refill every 1-2 weeks. The “hard” vase-shaped types may rot if the centers are filled with too much water (best to water through soil). Bromeliads that do not require soil should be misted or soaked under water (1-2 minutes) every other day.

Growing Guidelines

These grow best in clay pots and an epiphytic wood chip mix (orchid mix). Cactus soil may also work.

Common Problems

Too much light can burn the leaves. If tap is used, wash/rinse out any hard water stains left after the water evaporates.


Remove offsets or grow from seeds.

Interesting Fact

Bromeliads tend to flower very dramatically.

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