Bromeliad Plant Care

Despite its tropical nature, growing a bromeliad plant indoors is easy.

The Bromeliaceae family is sometimes referred to as the pineapple family. However, this clan is a diverse group offering some of the most exotic, flowering house plants you'll find anywhere.

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Urn Plant

Purple flowers pop up through pink bracts when the plant is at least 3 years old. The flowers are short-lived, but the bracts will last for months, making this a stunning tropical plant to add to your bromeliad collection.

Get care tips for Urn Plant here. You'll discover how to water, when to fertilize, when and how to propagate, plus -- how to coax this plant to bloom.

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Scarlet Star

Guzmania lingulata is one of the most popular house plants in this family. And it's no wonder. This showy plant has a long-lasting quilled spike in brilliant red, giving it the common name of Scarlet Star. Other varieties are yellow, orange or mauve.

This tropical bromeliad plant produces offsets -- called pups -- near the base of the plant. Pot up these pups when they are at least 5 months old. You'll have an ongoing collection of beautiful bromes.

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Air Plant

Did you know...

Bromeliaceae is one of the most diverse plant families with more than 2,000 species including Spanish moss and pineapple.

Air Plant is a species of Tillandsia. What sets this species apart is its ability to grow virtually anywhere because of its shallow root system.

Grow it in a seashell, as shown here, or mount the plant on a wreath or a piece of driftwood.

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Pink Quill

Pink Quill gets its name from the plume of bright pink bracts that last for months. It typically blooms in summer when violet-blue flowers emerge from between the bracts.

This is truly a spectacular flowering house plant to add to your collection.

Pink Quill is the only brome from the Tillandsia genus that can grow in a pot. But its shallow roots give you other options for growing it indoors.

Buying Tip

When buying a bromeliad, choose one that hasn't bloomed yet, or is just starting to bloom.

Bromes typically bloom for just a few weeks and it's a long wait before you'll see another show of flowers. Their colorful bracts, however, last for months.