Bromeliad Plant Growing Specifications – Guzmania Lingulata And Hybrids

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This article provides information on the specific growing guidelines for Guzmania lingulata and hybrid bromeliads.

  • Light: Moderate to bright year-round, with no direct sun; grows well with bright fluorescent light.
  • Temperature: Average to warm (65-80 degrees F or 18-27 degrees C) year-round.
  • Fertilizer: Feed monthly year-round with a houseplant fertilizer mixed at half the normal strength. Feed leaves, roots, and reservoir.
  • Water: Keep cup filled with at least 1 in (2.5 cm) of water, and dribble enough water to the roots to keep them lightly moist. Empty old water from cup every 2 to 3 weeks and promptly replace it. Leach pots once during the summer to remove accumulated salts (see post on Flushing Out Excess Salts).
  • Soil: Bromeliad or orchid potting soil.
  • Repotting: Repot annually in spring until plant fills a 6 in (15 cm) pot. Small pots help induce blooming in mature plants.
  • Longevity: Individual plants live 3 to 4 years.
  • Propagation: Remove offsets and pot them up when they are at least 3 in (7.5 cm) tall. Maintain high humidity for a month after potting up the pups.
  • Selections: There are numerous named varieties. The most popular in ‘Luna,’ which produces a mauve spike. Others bloom yellow, red, or pinkish lavender. Varieties with reddish leaf markings often are not as vigorous as green-leafed selections.
  • Display Tips: The handsome glossy leaves are spineless, so this bromeliad poses no danger when placed near activity areas. Moving a blooming plant to slightly lower light helps to intensify to color of the bracts.

For more information on Guzmania lingulata and hybrids, check out my post on Popular Bromeliad Plant – Guzmania lingulata And Hybrids.

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3 Responses to “Bromeliad Plant Growing Specifications – Guzmania Lingulata And Hybrids”

  1. carol winters says:

    My Bromeliad plant leaves are spliting, should I cut them off? This is my first. what can I do, I mist daily with rain water and have the pot seting on rocks, in water, but the soil is dry. I have added more water this morning. It is producing pups.

  2. Hasmik says:

    Hi , I Got my bromeliad from home depot , it has a yellow flower . I try to take of it .it is almoSt a week i have it , but i noticed that the leaves are getting brown . I am in panic , as i don’t want the plant to dIe.please let me kNow What i did wrong , so i can correct my mistake . Thanks in advance

    1. Celeste Booth says:

      Usually brown tips is a sign that your bromeliad is too dry. Try watering a little more frequently, but be sure not to leave the soil too soggy and moist as that can cause root rot.

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