Basic Bromeliad Plant Care Video

Author: Jeremy Dearringer23 Comments

Care and Culture

This basic video shows you how to take care of the most common types of bromeliads. Learn how much light your bromeliad needs along with how to water it.

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23 Responses to “Basic Bromeliad Plant Care Video”

  1. Terry says:

    But what about the bloom after it turns brown? A lady gave me a very nice plant yesterday and the bloom is starting to dry out. Do I wait until it is completely dry and cut it off? I do not want to harm the plant.

    1. admin says:

      You can cut it off as soon as it begins to dry and turn brown. This will not harm your bromeliad as long as you continue to maintain the plant with regards to water and light. Your bromeliad may use a little more water than normal after you make the cut. Still be careful and insure that you do not over water your bromeliad.

      1. Heather Marriott says:

        I have a bromeliad that has turned brown and looks dead!IHow do I cut off the top “Flower” without damaging the plant?
        or do I leave it alone?

  2. A. Myburgh says:

    Would you please help me find the following book “Bromeliads for the Contemporary garden”. I’ve looked everywhere but cannot find it.

  3. emily woodall says:

    What is the white stuff that is covering my bromeliad? Emily

    1. admin says:

      I would have to see a picture to be sure, but this is likely dead algae. You should be able to wipe it off with a damp cloth. Can you be more specific?

  4. Martha says:

    Bromeliads are such beautiful plants – even the ones with ‘boring’ flowers have the most spectacular foliage that look as good as any flower.

    I think a bromeliad would be the ideal gift for someone ‘who has everything’ this year – it really is the gift that keeps giving.

  5. Adele says:

    I have a bromeliad that hasn’t flowered and the leaves are very hard, unflexible. It is in an office setting that has constant flourescent light, but no natural light available (no windows). Any thoughts as to the care/return of this plant to a thriving state? I have watered as directed in the video.

  6. admin says:

    Adele – Your bromeliad will only bloom once in its life. If you want another beautiful bromeliad bloom you will need to raise the pups or purchase another plant.

    1. Aubree says:

      What are the pups and how do you raise them? My once beautiful purple bronelaid is now dry and brown and I don’t know what to do.

      1. sue K says:

        Please reply to Aubree’s question about the pups and what to do with the dry , brown flower ?

        1. Robert Pirrung says:

          Mine doesn’t have a bloom stalk, it has very deep red leaves (several layers) much like a poinsettia. How do you raise the pups (I have 2 growing like crazy)? Just seperate them from the “mother” and pot in potting mix?

  7. Nat says:

    My bromeliad is losing the colour in the flower and the new shoots from the middle are green. Is there a way I can return colour to the flower or has it reached the end of it’s flowering? It also has one pup which I am excitied about however, I was wondering how long it would take before it would be ready to flower?

  8. Katy says:

    We just got this plant as our first year anniversary and I’m not to good with plants but I REALLY care about this one.
    Does the “cup” always need to have water in it?
    Does it need sun all day because right now mine as it for couple hours in morning and then it’s bright but no sun?
    How do I repot this flower? Specific dirt like orchid?

    Please help and thank you 😉

  9. Audra says:

    You should never put the water directly into the stem it causes root rot.

    1. Audra says:

      You should never put the water directly into the stem when its in the interior, it causes root rot

  10. Jen says:

    I have two orchids, one doing great and the other dying. The only difference is that the one doing poorly is in a beige substance, kind of like cotton, not dirt. Should I repot it and place it in dirt? Should I take it back and get one potted in the substance like the other one. Thanks!

  11. lindsey says:

    Hi, I have just been given 2 as a gift for our anniversary, I watched the video and it said to water on the stem however I have just read the comments and it says it causes root rot, I am keeping them indoors could you please advise me what I need to do with them please and also what are the pups and what do I need to do with them please??

  12. Kathy says:

    I think I may have found your site too late but here goes…
    I received a beautiful plant while recovering from surgery a year ago and the friend told me it was a bromeliad and to water it just like I saw in the video. The center portion where the color was has long since dried up but it started growing “pups” (I guess thats what you call them) All was good until about a month ago when I was not home for about 2 weeks. I watered it as soon as I got home and gave it a little water every night. It started looking weird and the center leaves were brown so I started to pull them like I do other plants and the whole center part came off in my hand! It was really wet so I poured off what had collected in the catch pot and took it outside to dry (I live in North Texas). It was never in direct sunlight but now all the pups are a dull green and the tips are brown and the edges are curling. The soil is not soggy anymore but it is not super dry either. Is it too late to save it?
    New to Bromeliads

  13. Kathy Miller says:

    I have a gorgeous pink bromeliad that bloomed several years ago. it hasn’t bloomed since until now! it has 3 beautiful blossoms and am enjoying them tremendously. Does it only bloom once every couple of years?

    1. elisa says:

      Bromeliads only bloom once in their lifetime, so I’m not sure what you’re talking about.

  14. Bromeliad Plants says:

    Has anyone had any luck buying bromeliads online? or should I search for a local shop to make a purchase. Online is cheaper but I’m concerned of getting an inferior plant and also having it damaged during shipping. Thanks in advance

  15. Karen says:

    I received several beautiful Bromeliad plants from my mother in laws funeral. I put them outside to get some sun and while I was away it rained. I tried to get most of the water off the stem/leaves before bringing it inside. After a week one plant is turning brown and another flower has water fuzzy fungus, and the last turned black…Any ideas how I can save them?

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