How to grow and care for Blushing Bromeliads (Neoregelia spp) Indoors

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Blushing Bromeliad, Neoregelia Bromeliad

Neoregelia carolinae tricolor

Botanical name: Neoregelia spp
Family: Bromeliaceae
Sufamily: Bromelioideae

Blushing Bromeliads Description

Neoregelia Bromeliads are foliage houseplants with a central rosette of saw-edged leaves which turns bright red at flowering time.

The usual pattern for Neoregelia Bromeliads is a rosette of leathery, strap-like foliage. Blushing Bromeliads bear glossy, saw-edged leaves which are about 1 ft long.

Blushing Bromeliads Flower

A Neoregelia Bromeliad may take 3-5 years to reach the flowering stage but the display may last upto 6 months.

Once the flowering is over, the rosette of leaves in Neoregelia Bromeliads begins to die and is replaced by offsets (pups) at the base of the plant which can be used to propagate new plants.

Blushing Bromeliads Origin

Neoregelia Bromeliads are native to the rainforests of South America.

Blushing Bromeliads Varieties

The most common of the Blushing Bromeliads is Neoregelia carolinae tricolor, the Blushing Bromeliad which blushes at the center when about to flower. With age the foliage becomes suffused with pink.

Neoregelia spectabilis, (Fingernail Plant) is another of the Neoregelia Bromeliads which reddens at the leaf tips during flowering.

Another common variety of Blushing Bromeliads is Neoregelia carolinae marechalii which displays magnificent colors from rosy red to vermilion or reddish purple and fading towards the tips at flowering.

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Blushing Bromeliad, Neoregelia Bromeliad

Neoregelia spectabilis (Fingernail Plant)

Blushing Bromeliads (Neoregelia Bromeliads) Care Indoors

Blushing Bromeliads Light Requirements

Blushing Bromeliad Light Requirements: Blushing Bromeliads grows best in bright light but away from direct sunlight. It can also grow under a grow light.

Turn the pot regularly to ensure the plant receives light on all sides for even growth. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

Blushing Bromeliads Watering

Blushing Bromeliad Watering: Like with other rosette Bromeliads, Blushing Bromeliad requires the central 'vase' to be filled with water at all times. Empty and refill the 'vase' regularly to prevent growth of bacteria which may cause the water to become smelly.

Use only chlorine-free water for your Blushing Bromeliads as they are sensitive to chlorine and other chemicals that may be dissolved in water.

Water the soil of Blushing Bromeliad only when it dries to keep the roots moist. Avoid soggy soil for your Blushing Bromeliads as it can lead to root-rot and eventual death of your Bromeliad.


Temperature for Blushing Bromeliads

The best temperature for growing your Blushing Bromeliad indoors is an average warmth with a minimum of 150C. However, to bring the Blushing Bromeliad to flower requires temperatures above 260C.

Humidity for Blushing Bromeliads

Blushing Bromeliad requires a humid enviroment. If the humidity is too low, the plant develops brown leaf tips.

To raise humidity for your Blushing Bromeliad, set the pot on a wet pebble tray or use a cool mist humidifier. Check out these techniques on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

Ensure there is good air circulation for your Blushing Bromeliads to prevent pests and disease infestation.

Blushing Bromeliads Fertilizer (Feeding)

Blushing Bromeliad Fertilizer: Feed Blushing Bromeliads with a liquid fertilizer (foliar feed) every 2 weeks during the growing season.

Do not feed your Blushing Bromeliad during the cold season as growth is minimal at this time and it may lead to fertilizer burn for your Bromeliad.

Blushing Bromeliads Repotting

Repotting Blushing Bromeliad is not necessary as its roots are tiny and are unlikely to fill the pot. Pot your Blushing Bromeliad in a shallow, heavy pot to prevent it from toppling over as it can become top-heavy.

Also provide support for your Blushing Bromeliad to help keep it upright. Read more on how to train houseplants.

Soil for Blushing Bromeliad

Blushing Bromeliad Soil: The best soil for Blushing Bromeliad should be rich in organic matter, loose, free-draining bark soil to prevent it from getting soggy while providing the required nutrients.

Most orchid potting mixes are ideal for Blushing Bromeliad. Buy quality Orchid Potting Mix for your Blushing Bromeliad from Etsy.

Blushing Bromeliads Pruning

Pruning Blushing Bromeliad involves removal of dead leaves to keep your plant neat and tidy and to allow adequate room for the new plants to grow.

Remove the dead foliage from your Blushing Bromeliad by cutting at the base with a sharp, clean knife or a pair of scissors. Remove the spent bloom from your Blushing Bromeliad by cutting at the base with a sharp, clean knife or a pair of scissors.

Blushing Bromeliads (Neoregelia Bromeliads) Propagation

Blushing Bromeliads propagation can be done from offsets (pups) appearing at the base of the plant.

How to propagate Blushing Bromeliads from offsets (pups)

When the Blushing Bromeliad offset (pup) is several months old or 1/3 to 1/2 the height of mother plant, separate it from the mother by cutting with a sharp, clean knife or scissors.

Ensure the Blushing Bromeliad offset has some roots attached to it and plant the offset shallowly in loose, free-draining, bark soil.

Use a shallow heavy pot to prevent your Blushing Bromeliad from toppling over as it can get top-heavy. Ensure the Blushing Bromeliad is well supported to prevent it from toppling over as its has a small root system.

Place the set up in a warm, shaded place until the new Blushing Bromeliad plant is well established after which you can begin routine care.

Blushing Bromeliad, Neoregelia Bromeliad

Photo Credit: Nestreeo

Blushing Bromeliads (Neoregelia Bromeliads) Problems Indoors

Blushing Bromeliads (Neoregelia Bromeliads) problems indoors are mainly due to cultural faults in lighting, humidity and watering. Continue reading for the remedies and solutions.

Blushing Bromeliad brown leaf tips

Blushing Bromeliad brown leaf tips are due to too dry air (low humidity. The plant requires a humid environment to thrive.

To raise humidity for your Blushing Bromeliad, set the pot on a wet pebble tray or use a cool mist humidifier. Check out these techniques on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

Blushing Bromeliad pale brown leaf patches

Blushing Bromeliad pale brown leaf patches are due to exposing the plant to direct sunlight. Though the bromeliad requires bright light, it cannot tolerate direct sunlight.

Blushing Bromeliad does not like to be exposed to direct sunlight. Protect it from direct sunlight or move it to a shadier spot away from direct sunlight.

Blushing Bromeliad dark, soft, drooping, long leaves

Blushing Bromeliad dark, soft, drooping, long leaves are due to inadequate light (too low light). Blushing Bromeliad grows best in bright light away from direct sunlight.

Move the Blushing Bromeliad to a brighter spot where it will receive bright light but away from direct sunlight. It can also grow under a grow light.

Blushing Bromeliad pests

Blushing Bromeliad pests are Scales and Mealy Bugs. Isolate the affected plant to prevent spread to other houseplants and treat it appropriately for the pests.

Blushing Bromeliad dying

Blushing Bromeliad dying is due to two possible reasons. One reason is, if the Blushing Bromeliad has not flowered, the cause of death is Root-rot Disease due to soggy soil.

The second reason is, if the Blushing Bromeliad has flowered then rotting and death of rosette which bore flower-stalk is natural to give room for the new plants.

Remove the dead foliage from your Blushing Bromeliad by cutting at the base with a clean knife or a pair of scissors to create space for the new plants.

Is Blushing Bromeliad (Neoregelia spp) toxic?

Blushing Bromeliads (Neoregelia spp) are non-toxic to humans and pets. The plants are safe to grow indoors.

However, the leaves of your Blushing Bromeliad bear short spines which may cause physical injury if handled with bare hands. Always wear gloves when handling your Blushing Bromeliad to prevent injury.

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