Growing Bromeliads indoors
Bromeliads are excellent indoor plants because of their colorful, long-lasting flowers and colorful foliage. Bromeliads adapt readily to the unfavorable growing conditions from our homes. Although many bromeliads are epiphytic, living on branches and trunks of trees or on rocks in their native habitat, most can be grown in containers.
You can grow them in clay or plastic pots, but if the plants are large and heavier, then clay pots are more stable. Because plastic pots retain moisture longer than clay pots, plants grown in plastic pots require less frequently watering than those in clay pots. Epiphytic bromeliads can also be grown in perforated plastic baskets and clay pots like those used for other epiphytic plants such as orchids.
Because bromeliads rarely have extensive roots, relatively small pots are adequate for most of them. Larger varieties can usually be brought to flowering into 13-18 cm pots. Terrestrial plants don’t need to be moved into larger pots until their roots completely fill the current container. Move young epiphytes into pots one size larger every spring until the maximum convenient pot size has been reached.
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