Bromeliads prefer medium light. Bromeliads live naturally and survive best in tropical conditions. Direct light can burn the leaves of the plant so it is best to error on the side of too little than too much light. If you begin to see burning, move the plant away further from the direct light.
It is best to water your bromeliad once a week but if it begins to show symptoms of underwatering, it is ok to water twice a week. Check the soil for moisture before deciding to water. You can spray or mist your plant with water but it is not required. When watering, you can also refill the “tank” which is the space between the leaves toward the center of the plant that acts as a cup. Simply just pour a little water over the top of the plant.
We advise against fertilizing your bromeliad as the risk of harming your plant is higher than helping it. If you do wish to fertilizer your anthurium, try using osmocote or another slow release fertilizer. Follow the instructions on the package carefully. If you wish to use an organic fertilizer, there are many recipes you can find online.
Bromeliads usually bloom once. The colorful “bract” in the center of the plant is often confused as the flower. The blooms will last several months, along with the bract. Pups, or offsets, also form over time. These pups can be removed and planted into individual pots.
Pests and Diseases
Bromeliads are very resistant to diseases and pests. To keep your plant free of disease, make sure that your plant is not being overwatered and never sitting in water. We recommend treating for pest and diseases in very simple ways. If you begin to see scale, aphids, mealy bug, or other type of pests on your succulents, trying washing your bromeliad with alcohol wipes.