Botanical name: Vriesea spp
Flaming Sword Bromeliads are excellent houseplants with arching, smooth-edged leaves and and an upright, sword-like flower-head with bright red bracts.
The Flaming Sword Bromeliads are typical Bromeliads with a central vase surrounded by a rosette of leaves.
The leaves in Flaming Sword Bromeliads are about 1-1.5 ft long and the flower-head is up to 2 ft long.
A Flaming Sword 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 Flaming Sword Bromeliads begins to die and is replaced by offsets (pups) at the base of the plant which can be used to propagate new plants.
The Vriesea species of Bromeliads are widespread over Mexico, Central America, South America and West Indies where they grow as epiphytes on trees.
The genus name "Vriesea" is in honour of Willem Hendrik de Vriese, a Dutch Botanist and Physcian (1806-1862).
The most common species of Flaming Sword Bromeliads is Vriesea splendens which bears all-red, sword-like flower-head.
Other types of Flaming Sword Bromeliads generally have more spreading flower-heads; they include the all-red Vriesea vulcana, maroon and yellow Vriesea favorite, red and yellow Vriesea carinata and yellow Vriesea rodigasiana.
Some species of Flaming Sword Bromeliads are grown for their striking foliage like Vriesea hieroglyphica and Vriesea fenestralis.
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Flaming Sword Bromeliad grows best in bright light but away from direct sunlight to avoid scorching the leaves. 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.
Like with other rosette Bromeliads, Flaming Sword Bromeliads require the central 'vase' to be filled with water at all times. Empty and refill the Flaming Sword Bromeliad 'vase' regularly to prevent growth of bacteria which may cause the water to become smelly.
Use only chlorine-free water for your Flaming Sword Bromeliads as they are sensitive to chlorine and other chemicals that may be dissolved in water.
Water the soil of your Flaming Sword Bromeliad only when it dries to keep the roots moist.
Avoid soggy soil for your Flaming Sword Bromeliads as it can lead to root-rot and eventual death of your Bromeliad.
The best temperature for growing your Flaming Sword Bromeliad indoors is an average warmth with a minimum of 150C. However, to bring the Flaming Sword Bromeliad to flower requires temperatures above 260C.
Flaming Sword Bromeliad requires a humid enviroment. If the humidity is too low, the plant develops brown leaf tips.
Ensure there is good air circulation for your Flaming Sword Bromeliad to prevent pests and disease infestation.
Feed Flaming Sword Bromeliad with a liquid fertilizer (foliar feed) every 2 weeks during the growing season.
Do not feed your Flaming Sword Bromeliad during the cold season as growth is minimal at this time and it may lead to fertilizer burn for your Bromeliad.
Repotting Flaming Sword Bromeliad is not necessary as its roots are tiny and are unlikely to fill the pot. Pot your Flaming Sword Bromeliad in a shallow, heavy pot to prevent it from toppling over as it can become top-heavy.
Also provide support for your Flaming Sword Bromeliad to help keep it upright. Read more on how to train houseplants.
The best soil for Flaming Sword 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 Flaming Sword Bromeliad. Buy quality Orchid Potting Mix for your Flaming Sword Bromeliad from Etsy.
Pruning Flaming Sword 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 Flaming Sword Bromeliad by cutting at the base with a sharp, clean knife or a pair of scissors.
Flaming Sword Bromeliad propagation can be done from offsets (pups) appearing at the base of the plant.
When the Flaming Sword 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 Flaming Sword 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 Flaming Sword Bromeliad from toppling over as it can get top-heavy.
Ensure the Flaming Sword 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 Flaming Sword Bromeliad plant is well established after which you can begin normal routine care.
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Flaming Sword Bromeliad (Vriesea spp) problems indoors are mainly caused by cultural faults in lighting, humidity and watering. Continue reading for the remedies and solutions.
Inadequate light for Flaming Sword Bromeliads is the cause of dark, soft, drooping, long leaves.
Move your Flaming Sword Bromeliad to a brighter spot as it prefers bright light but away from direct sunlight.
Growing your Flaming Sword Bromeliad where the air is too dry will cause it to have brown leaf tips.
To raise humidity for your Flaming Sword Bromeliad, set the pot on a wet pebble tray. Check out these techniques on how to raise humidity for houseplants.
Exposing your Flaming Sword Bromeliad to direct sunlight will cause to have pale brown patches on the leaves.
Your Flaming Sword Bromeliad does not like to be exposed to direct sunlight. Protect it from direct sunlight or move it to a shadier spot.
If your Flaming Sword Bromeliad has not flowered, the cause of death is Root-rot Disease due to soggy soil.
If your Flaming Sword 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 Flaming Sword Bromeliad by cutting at the base with a clean knife or a pair of scissors to create space for the new plants.
Flaming Sword Bromeliads (Vriesea spp) are non-toxic to humans and pets. The plants are safe to grow indoors.