Bromeliads are a subtropical flower native to South and Central America. With this in mind, you can grow bromeliads in your home under the right temperature and humidity conditions. The plants can grow indoors and outdoors, although they do not tolerate extremely cold weather very well. The Vriesea bromeliad grows 2 to 3 feet tall as a houseplant. Flowers arrive in late winter and last for some time. Maximise the growth of these plants with proper care.
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Things you need
- Potting soil
- All-purpose fertiliser
Plant the Vriesea in a 5- to 7-inch pot that allows for shallow roots. Select well-draining potting soil, such as equal parts peat, bark and coarse sand. The exact composition is not as important as the fact that it drains well.
Water the plant sparingly; bromeliads can tolerate dry conditions fairly well. Vrieseas planted in plastic pots will retain more moisture in the soil than those planted in clay pots.
Place the Vriesea where it will receive indirect sunlight. Direct sunlight is acceptable during winter months.
Fertilise every other month with an all-purpose fertiliser diluted with water to about 1/2 strength. Spray some on the leaves to help the plant absorb the nutrients.
Re-pot the plant every two years to separate the "pups" from the "mother plant" which dies one to two years after flowering. Use a pot about the same size as before.
Tips and warnings
- Like most bromeliads, the Vriesea prefers warm temperatures, about 21.1 degrees C. Humidity levels of 40 to 60 per cent can also help these subtropical plants grow.
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