Reasons why we think Bromeliads are the coolest
Bromeliads are not only incredible to look at, they are also really easy to care for. The extreme showiness of these specimens make people often assume them to be finicky, but they aren't! As a general rule of thumb, bromeliads will thrive in the same conditions as epiphytic orchids. However, they are considerably more tolerant than orchids as they are better equip to handle fluctuations in temperature, drought, and careless fertilizing.
There are thousands of species of plants in hundreds of genera in the plant family Bromeliaceae. It is not hard to find a unique one, specific to your needs and liking. Right now, we happen to have around 10 different kinds in our shop(s) and we just can not get enough of them! We think they are some of the coolest around.
See below for a quick list of why we love them;
1. A Bromeliads have such amazing foliage and the bloom is also really special. It will last for many months and it happens one time only. After the flower finishes blooming the plant will shoot out some baby pups and then those will eventually flower too!
2. The pups! Remove the bloom when it's finished, this tells the plant to begin focusing more energy on its pups. Continue to water the plant as you had been previously. Keep pups on the parent plant until they are between 1/3 - 1/2 the size of the original or when the bromeliad starts to die back, which can actually take up to two years.
3. Bromeliads are very tolerant of drought conditions. When they do need water you can put a small amount in the center cup. Which is so cool! How many plants do you know of that have their own little serving bowl? When you centrally water your bromeliad, make sure to flush the cup every so often to remove any built-up. In most homes, it usually not necessary to keep the central cup of the plant constantly filled with water either, unless the light levels and temperature are high. Plants you are growing as epiphytes (as air plants without soil) need more consistent watering; mist them once a day, and give them a good soaking by submerging them in water once per week.
4. If you are impatient and need the plant to bloom right away, some research has shown the plants can be forced by exposure to ethylene gas. So if you want to force your plant to spike, place it in a tightly sealed, clear plastic bag for up to ten days with a ripe apple. The apple will give off ethylene gas as it decomposes. Make sure any water is drained from the central cup before attempting this.
5. They can adapt to may different light conditions. Different genera of bromeliads are tolerant of different levels of light. Some can withstand full tropical sun, while others will quickly scorch in the heat. In general, the varieties with soft, flexible, spineless leaves usually prefer more dappled-light conditions, while those with stiff, hard leaves prefer brighter light conditions.
6. Bromeliad species can grow three different ways. They can be epiphytic, clinging to trees, saxicolous growing on rocks and absorbing nutrients through their leaves. Or when they are grown as houseplants they are usually grown in a porous, well-draining potting mixture and this is called Terrestrial (land dwelling.)
7. Pineapples, Spanish moss and tillandsia are also bromeliads! The many species are are all so different. There really is something for everyone in this plant family.
8. They are non-toxic to people and pets! The perfect plant all around.
We love all the different varieties and never cease to be amazed...
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have anything to add to the list or if you have any questions about these awesome plants!