Bromeliads are tropical plants that are also called pineapple plants because their flowers grow only at the top of the stalk. The Neoregelia Lila bromeliad was developed by Oglesby Plants International. The leaves of the plant start out as green but turn a vibrant pinkish-purple as they age. The plant is more compact than other bromeliads and is typically grown as an indoor houseplant.
Place the Neoregelia Lila in a pot that is at least 4 1/2 to 6 inches in diameter to allow for proper root development as the plant grows. Set the pot in a location that receives medium levels of light, and never in direct sunlight. Placing it under an indoor table lamp provides adequate light.
Water the soil every day to two days to keep it constantly moist, but never soggy.
Apply a liquid fertiliser to the soil by mixing it in when you water. Use one-quarter the amount of fertiliser recommended on the package and apply it only three to four times per year.
Watch for smaller bromeliad plants that sprout up at the base of the main plant. Cut these off with a sharp knife. If desired, you can plant these and they will grow into new Neoregelia Lila plants.
Examine the leaves of the Neoregelia Lila plant regularly for small brown spots, which are scale insects. If scales are seen, cut the infected leaves off of the plant using hand pruners. Make the cut as close to the bottom of the plant as possible.
Things you need
- 4 1/2- to 6-inch plant pot
- Liquid plant fertiliser
- Hand pruners