Indoor Bromeliads Profile

Bromeliads are popular houseplants grown for the beauty of their foliage or for the beauty of their blooms. A few like the Aechmea fasciata and Vriesea splendens belong to both camps. The usual pattern for Bromeliads is a rosette of leathery, strap-like foliage and a bold flower-head which arises on a stalk from the cup-like center of rosette. A Bromeliad may take several years to reach the flowering stage but the display may last several months. The display of the flower head in most cases is due to the presence of showy bracts; true flowers are small and short-lived. Once the flower-head fades, the rosette of leaves begins to die and is replaced by offsets at the base of the plant which can be used to propagate new plants.

Learn about your favorite Bromeliad herebelow:

Bromeliad, Air plant
Air Plants (Tillandsia spp)

The Air Plants bear absorbent furry scales on their foliage called trichomes. These scales take up water from humid air and obtain nutrients from air-borne dust; it can be said that they literally live on air. Air Plants are not planted in soil but are displayed by sticking them on coral, shells, drift wood or by hanging them among many other ways. When they bloom, the leaves around the flowers change color and provide a long-lasting display but the flowers themselves last only a few days. Read more »

Bromeliad, Bird's Nest Bromeliad
Bird's Nest Bromeliads (Nidularium spp)

Nidularium Bromeliads differ from the Neoregelia group in that they have a central rosette of very short saw-edged leaves (Bird's nest). The Bird's Nest turns bright red at flowering time. The leaves below the bird's nest are about 1 ft long and 2 in. wide. Read more »

Bromeliad, Blushing Bromeliad
Blushing Bromeliads(Neoregelia spp)

The Neoregelia Bromeliads are grown for their spectacular foliage which changes as the plant is about to flower. They bear glossy saw-edged leaves about 1 ft long. In some species, the leaves at the center of the rosette blushes (change color) when about to flower and hence the common name. In other species, the leaf-tips change color as the plant is about to flower and they referred to as Fingernail Plants. Read more »

Bromeliad, Earth Stars
Earth Stars (Cryptanthus spp)

Earth Stars are a unique group of Bromeliads in that they only grow terrestrially in soil. They are stemless low growing plants whose small wavy-edged leaves form a rosette. Their root systems are more developed than for other Bromeliads and they prefer free-draining moisture-holding soils. There is a wide range Earth Stars to choose from; plain, striped and banded in green, red, brown and yellow. Read more »

Bromeliad, Flaming Sword Bromeliad
Flaming Sword (Vriesea spp)

Flaming Sword Bromeliads are typical Bromeliads with a central vase surrounded by a rosette of leaves. The leaves are arching, smooth-edged and about 1-1.5 ft long. The flower-head is upright, sword-like and up to 2 ft long with bright red bracts in some species but in others the flower-head is more spreading. Some species are grown more for their striking foliage than for the blooms. Read more »

Bromeliad, Ananas, Ornamental Pineapple
Ornamental Pineapple (Ananas spp)

Ornamental Pineapples is a group of Bromeliads which produces pink flower-heads on mature plants followed by small aromatic but inedible fruits if grown under warm and humid conditions. They are generally grown for their foliage. The leaves are sword-shaped and sharp-pointed and grow in a rosette. They are easy to grow and propagate. Read more »

Bromeliads, Green Tillandsia
Pink Quill (Tillandsia spp)

Pink Quill Bromeliads are vibrant houseplants which bear a large spectacular flower-head made up of pink bracts and blue flowers. The flower-head is flattened and can last up to 3 months. These Bromeliads are evergreen, perennial flowering plants. Their loves are covered with specialized cells called trichomes capable of absorbing water and nutrients that may gather on them. Read more »

Bromeliad, Queen's Tears
Queen's Tears (Billbergia spp)

Queen's Tears are some of the easiest Bromeliads to grow. They are grown for the beauty of the drooping showy flower-heads whose bracts are about 3 in. long. The leathery, arching 1 ft long grass-like leaves are reddish under good light. These Bromeliads mature at the age of 2-3 years and they flower quite easily. Read more »

Bromeliad, Scarlet Star
Scarlet Star (Guzmania spp)

The Guzmania group of Bromeliads are grown for the beauty of their bright-red or orange showy flower-heads with a central cluster of small white flowers. They are typical Bromeliads with leathery, arching leaves and a distinct central 'vase' from which stout stalk bearing a bold flower-head emerges. The leaves are backward-arching and smooth-edged. These Bromeliads are mainly stemless, evergreen, perennial flowering plants. Read more »

Bromeliad, Aechmea, Urn Plants
Urn Plants (Aechmea spp)

Urn Plants are grown for the beauty of their foliage and for the beauty of their showy blooms. They are typical Bromeliads with leathery, arching leaves and a distinct central 'vase' from which a stout stalk bearing a bold flower-head emerges. The leaves are backward-arching and saw-edged (spiny). The display of the flower-head is due to the presence of long lasting showy bracts as the true flowers are small and short-lived. Read more »

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