Bromeliad Plant Growing Specifications – Neoregelia carolinae ‘Tricolor’
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This article provides information on the specific growing guidelines for Neoregelia carolinae ‘Tricolor’ bromeliads.
- Light: Bright light with a half day of direct sun year-round. Responds well to being grown in a sunny yet humid place outdoors in the summer.
- Temperature: Average to warm room temperatures (65-80 degrees F 18-27 degrees C), with no chilling below 50 degrees F (10 degrees C).
- Fertilizer: Feed monthly with a high-phosphorous (low-nitrogen) fertilizer mixed at half the normal strength. Feed the leaves, roots, and reservoir.
- Water: Keep roots lightly moist, and replenish water in reservoir every 10 days, or more often in summer. This bromeliad grows best in high humidity, above 50 percent.
- Soil: Potting soil amended with one-third part peat moss, or African violet soil.
- Repotting: Repot annually in spring until plant fills a 5 in (12.5 cm) pot.
- Longevity: Individual plants live 3 to 4 years.
- Propagation: Wait until the parent plant dies to pot up offsets, which often have very skimpy roots. Keeping newly potted offsets in a warm, humid enclosure, such as a roomy plastic bag, speeds the rooting process.
- Selections: There are numerous named varieties, most of which have cream stripes in their leaves. ‘Martin’ is quite vigorous, as is the slightly small ‘Compacta.’
- Display Tips: Because of its large, spreading shape, this bromeliad needs plenty of space. It is at its best when viewed from above.
For more information on Neoregelia carolinae ‘Tricolor’, check out my post on Popular Bromeliad Plant – Neoregelia carolinae ‘Tricolor’.
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Hi! I finally identified my bromeliad as this species and I am having a bit of trouble with it. I am pretty sure it’s normal for the outer leaves to turn brown when they get old; I’ve just been cutting those dead leaves off around the base. But recently the central reservoir has gotten a lot deeper than it was when I bought it and therefore the middle “blooms” that are usually underwater are exposed every morning when I wake up. Also, the leaves around the central reservoir are starting to shrivel, which I know is not normal. The plant is sitting in my bathroom, so it gets a lot of humidity when I wash my hair every other day. But it does not get a lot of natural sunlight, because the window in my bathroom is east facing and it is sitting on the far end of my counter, away from the window. I water the base once a week until water leaks out of the drainage hole in the pot and I replenish the cup water as needed, which is every day now. My plant seems to be dying and I really need help!!