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 StarOther 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.

Did you know this about bromeliad plants?

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

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Air Plant

Air Plants are species of Tillandsia. What sets these tropical tree-dwellers apart are their ability to grow virtually anywhere because of their shallow roots.

Grow it in a seashell, as shown here, or mount the plant on a wreath or a piece of driftwood. Or you can simply tuck an air plant into a small cup or vase. Get as creative as you want -- the possibilities are limited only to your imagination.

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.

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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.

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Flaming Sword

Tropical Flaming Sword (Vriesea splendens) is adaptable to living indoors, provided plenty of warmth, sunlight and humidity.

In its native habitat, Flaming Sword catches water in its rosette of leaves, just like Guzmania 'Scarlet Star' (shown above). Keep the center of the rosette filled with water at all times to prevent it from drying out.

As if those wildly striped leaves aren't attractive enough, they're soon upstaged by a fiery red flower spike. That sword-shaped bloom is actually made of upright bracts that are long-lasting. After it blooms, this bromeliad plant will grow an offset at its base. Bromes are plants that keep on giving.

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