Bromeliads

Q: I recently brought home a bromiliad that's in bloom. How do I care for is plant (water,light,fertilizer)?

A: Bromeliads are good house plants if put in an area with high relative humidity (some folks put them in the bathtub in the restroom!) As with all plants, the more light the better. Filtered (through a tree canopy or curtain) rather than direct light is best to avoid foliage damage or sunburning. Fertilize once every two or three weeks by spraying to runoff with a water soluble fertilizer such as Miracle Grow, Rapid Grow or Peters 20-20-20. Remember, bromiliads are saprophytes and take most of their nutrition through the leaves -- roots are largely for anchorage.



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