|Caring For Bromeliads|
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Ideally, the plants should have an abundant amount of filtered sunlight. Because bromeliads are so resilient, they may receive insufficient light for several months and still look great. But eventually the new growth will appear weak or spindly and the foliage may begin to lack color.
humidity Bromeliads generally grow best in 50 to 70 percent humidity. Since homes in temperate climates usually aren't that humid, it's a good idea to mist the plant once a week or so. In particularly arid climates (and homes where indoor heating systems are being used) it might be advisable to spray or use a misting bottle every third day.
fertilizer A common mistake in caring for bromeliads is to use too much fertilizer or to use it too often. It's usually best to fertilize just once in the spring, twice in the summer and once in the fall, using either a 20-20-20 or 20-10-20 formula mixed at about half the recommended strength. Anything stronger can seriously burn the leaves, and it's best to skip the fertilizer altogether during the dark winter months.
air circulation Bromeliads love fresh air. In their natural habitats, they can be found thriving in areas prone to strong winds. Fresh air keeps the plant supplied with nitrogen, carbon dioxide, trace elements and moisture. So indoors, it's best to place them near a window or doorway. If that's not practical, put your bromeliad in a shady outdoor area now and then so it can enjoy some fresh air.
temperature Bromeliads flourish at temperatures anywhere between 50 and 90 degrees. They can tolerate dips below and above that range, but not for prolonged periods, so outdoor plants should be moved indoors if the weather turns very cold or very hot and dry.