Troubleshooting Bromeliad Plants – Part One

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Blooming, Care and Culture, Growing Indoors, Growing Outdoors

In this post I’ve come up with a list of common problems for Bromeliad plants, the cause of the problem, and a way to remedy your problem(s)!

  • Problem: Tips of leaves turn brown.
  • Cause: Conditions are too hot or too dry. In winter, increase humidity by placing plant near a humidifier or try misting it every other day. In the summer, move plant to a shady place outdoors. Use a spray bottle to water the leaves, reservoir, and roots of the plant. Bromeliad pots should never be allowed to become completely dry.
  • Problem: Brown spots on leaves.
  • Cause: Sunburn.
  • Remedy: Expose plants to direct sun gradually, especially in the summer when sunlight is very intense.
  • Problem: Plant rots at the base without blooming.
  • Cause: Soil is too wet; insufficient air circulation.
  • Remedy: Plants that develop root rot often cannot be saved.
  • Problem: Plant does not bloom.
  • Cause: Immature; receives insufficient light.
  • Remedy: Move to a slightly brighter location. Keeping plants in small containers helps encourage flower formation. Most bromeliads do not bloom until they are at least 3 years old. Check out the Bromeliad Fertilizer post for more tips on promoting bromeliad flowers.

For more information on troubleshooting your Bromeliad, check out Part Two!

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2 Responses to “Troubleshooting Bromeliad Plants – Part One”

  1. Helen says:

    My bromeliad flower has turned from red to light green – any suggestions?

  2. Tyson says:

    Flowers especially require specific amounts of darkness at night (sometimes total darkness). The paling of its red pigments is a tell tale sign that your bromeliad cant sleep at night because you left a light on.

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