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Bromeliad Indoor Care: What to Know



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this video so today I'm going to talk to

you about bromeliad for growing

bromeliads indoors

they are a beautiful plant they come in

many vibrant colors in terms of their

blooms even their Leafs their leaves are

very structurally beautiful

architectural they do have spines a lot

of times you have to be careful when you

are working with them indoors when

you're touching them when you're moving

them but to look at them they're they're

very lovely if you have the soft

candlelight on at night or something

they will or even your lights are dimmed

they'll cast beautiful shadows on your

wall so I would definitely recommend

considering growing these beautiful

plants indoors

they are actually colorful members of

the pineapple family so they are in the

pineapple family which is really cool to

know and they produce as mentioned many

many different types of beautiful blooms

in many different color combinations

there are pinks and purples and many of

these reds and yellows and vibrant red

there are even some some green blooms as

well

this plant is native to South America

but it grows in many climates as

mentioned pineapple is the most famous

of the varieties of this this this plant

family they're also two lenses such as

Spanish moss so the Spanish moss that

you see growing in from trees growing

suspended from trees and you can also

grow it in your garden and even in your

indoor garden with some care those are

also relatives they in the bromeliad

family they can be grown in soil in

containers such as this one here they

but you do have some

haier things to keep in mind in terms of

keeping them looking good indoors one

really good thing is they will keep

their blooms on for months if you give

them the proper care so which is great

to know because they especially if you

make an investment in a in a bromeliad

it's good to know that it's going to

last a while so when you do buy one

though look for one where the the the

flower looks very thin feels very firm

still and very vibrant and very colorful

still because if it was a little bit

squishy or if it's that the there's a

main stem here and the various Brax here

are connected if you were to pull on

when it comes off easily that means that

the flower is finishing so you want to

find it at the beginning stages even if

it's starting to bud up works as well so

the in terms of keeping them looking

good in your house and staying alive and

looking well the number one thing is not

to overwater them they they don't do

well with being over watered and even in

their native habitats how they generally

grow is they will collect in within

their foliage water and that's what they

live off of so that they're there that's

collected when it rains and then they

continue to live off the water that way

so not they aren't they are not really

plants that are generally accustomed to

growing in the soil but they can be

grown in the soil so that being said you

do not want to keep the soil perpetually

wet you want to do what I generally

recommend with other house plants and

that is water the plant when the soil is

approaching dryness so that means not

yet dry but not definitely not still wet

so that with use a moisture meter and I

have a video on using moisture meter is

usually in the four range one two three

is generally in the red range which is

dry and four is still some moisture

but getting to dryness because what will

happen if you do overwater these they

will actually succumb rather than root

rot which a lot of plants that come to

when they're over watered they will

actually succumb to crown rot and crown

rot for a plant is right at the base of

the plant where the where the top of the

trunk the main stem is attached to its

roots and the roots are below in the

soil and the top of the plant is above

and what happens is when it just can't

be crimped becomes way too wet and the

soil on a perpetual basis is that top

part that stem part will rot and signs

of that is if you touch the base of the

plant and it is squishy and you feel

like if you kept touching it you could

actually pull the plant off of how out

of the out of the pot without the roots

then that is a sign that it has crown

rot so keep that in mind the that being

said when you do repot a bromeliad so a

lot of times you'll get it you'll get it

in in soil and what you want to do when

you do get it in soil is you want to

generally leave it alone while it's

blooming because if you do try to repot

it when it's in bloom you may finish off

the blooming a lot faster so I would

suggest just when you get it home

watering correctly and putting in the

right lighting conditions until it's

done blooming later when you're ready to

repot you want to put it in a potting

soil that is very well draining so you

want to amend with pumice or perlite -

to enhance good drainage and I will

conclude a link to my pumice at the

bottom of the video and I do also have

videos on using pumice in your soil as

well so it's a very good draining agent

which is really important for the

Vermillion proper lighting also really

important for them they they need to be

grown if you're growing them outdoors

they need to be grown in filtered

sunlight so not in full Sun and if

you're growing them indoors you need to

grow them in bright light however be

careful not to put them too close to

southern or western windows that have an

that are unobstructed especially so no

trees or anything growing outside so

very bright light coming through that

window you will want to put them about

two or three feet away from the window

so that you don't get any burn on their

leaves but that will give them a net

that that sort of placement two to three

feet away from such winters would give

them great great light for growing well

they also love to be in an Eastern

window with that beautiful morning

sunlight that works well as well if you

have less light I would suggest using

the artificial lighting so full-spectrum

always use full spectrum which which

mimics daylight indoors that and it

comes in all sorts of bulbs nowadays you

can put into any fixture the full

spectrum lighting so keep that in mind

to keep the plant nice and the bloom

doing well in the plan itself doing well

the the when you you one thing they

don't do real well with as being under

heating or air-conditioning ducts that

will tend to dry out the bloom so keep

that in mind as well when the plant is

done with the bloom cut the bloom off

all the way down at the base of the

bloom and make sure to give it lots of

bright light and water correctly and at

that point you would want to fertilize

with an organic fertilizer putting the

link to my fertilizer below my green

gourmet fertilizer below for houseplants

below as well for that and that will a

lot of the times initiate a new bloom

keep in mind however it's could take a

while for that bloom to come back and so

you'll have to have some patience you

can also if you live in a mild climate

or and or over summer them outdoors in

out in the shade just keep them in in in

in filtered light as mentioned before

because you do not want them out in full

Sun unless you live on the coast where

you have some some of the

more protection from the sun's really

harsh rays you could coastally you could

grow them out doors in full Sun you want

to pre and prune and clean them up

periodically for instance this one has a

little bit of a leaf back here that I'm

going to want you can a lot of times

pull them off but sometimes you need to

get pruners but prune them off at the

base so keep that in mind that's a good

thing to do besides the fact that it

makes it look plant look good any old

foliage will attract pests and diseases

however bromeliads are pretty failsafe

in terms of indoor pests and diseases

they don't tend to attract them very

often so that's another great thing

about growing them

I don't mind some extra humidity if you

want to give it to them but they don't

necessarily require it however if you

would like to put them over a humidity

tray if you live in a very dry climate

they will like that I have a video on

creating humidity trays misting keep in

mind that misting is very temporary so

it's only going to help the plant for a

few minutes and then the generally

speaking the moisture is gone but you

can mist it if you like misting missed

the plant several times a day that that

would also gives it some humidity and

putting the plant with a lot more a lot

of other plants will give it lots of

humidity because plants will humidify

each other so if you want as mentioned a

beautiful plant that has a lot of

architectural and color interest then

this is a plant to try in your indoor

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