bromeliad care

tropical, colorful, & exotic

Vriesea splendens

Tillandsia ionantha

tall red bromeliads with green foliage in round red planters next to white wall

Bromeliads are eye-catching, easy-to-care for plants. Their brightly colored blooms contrast against their green foliage for the perfect complement to many different decorating styles.


close up of a green and pink tillandsia bromeliad with purple flowers

Aechmea 'Blue Tango'

light purple bromeliads in tall taupe planter next to sofa


‘Airplant’ is a common name for a type of Tillandsia, a type of bromeliad. Airplants, as their name suggest, grow with their roots out of soil. However, most bromeliads are terrestrial – meaning they do best planted in soil.

basic bromeliad care

soil requirements


In their natural habitat, bromeliad roots are accustomed to downpours of rain followed by a dry period. Because of this, they require a light, airy  potting medium that will provide fast drainage.

lighting needs


General rule of thumb:

Soft, flexible, spineless leaves = lower light levels
Stiff, hard leaves = bright, indirect light

temperature requirements


Bromeliads are tolerant to a wide range of temperatures but prefer 60°F (15.5°C) to 80°F (26.7°C). They can, however, survive in temperatures outside this range.

watering needs


It is usually sufficient to water your bromeliad once a week. Too much water can result in your plant developing root or crown rot which often leads to plant death.



A bromeliad is in active growth during the summer months. While fertilization is not necessary for most bromeliads to thrive, if you choose to, this is the time to do it.



The root system of a bromeliad is quite small compared to the plant itself. To maintain a happy plant and avoid over-watering, keep your bromeliad in a small grow pot within a decorative container.


After a bromeliad blooms, it will begin to die. During this period, it will begin to produce pup, or babies. These pups are exact clones of the originial bromeliad on which they are grown. Once they are 1/3 the size of the mother plant, the pups can be removed with a sterile blade and replanted on their own.

bromeliad varieties

close up of pink aechmea fasciata bromeliad
Aechmea fasciata
pink and blue aechmea blue tango bromeliad
Aechmea 'Blue Tango'
silver leaves of a Tillandsia Xerographica bromeliad
Tillandsia Xerographica
variegated leaves of a Vriesea Hieroglyphica bromeliad
Vriesea Hieroglyphica

detailed variety care


Bromeliads are a vastly diverse family of plants consisting of over 3,000 different species. Care requirements CAN differ from one plant to another. The above information is basic generalizations that will help you care for most types bromeliads.

red bromeliads with green foliage

Bromeliads make excellent houseplants due to their vivid colors, unique features, and hardiness.
With proper care you can enjoy your plant for years to come.

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Beautiful bromeliad planters

mocha colored triangular bowl planter on white background
round black planter on white background
matte brown round planter on white background
charcoal rectangular planter on white background