Unboxing Unboxing After removing it from the box, carefully unwrap your new plant friend. Shake off the excess dirt that might have escaped from the plant during shipping. Handle it’s foliage, and other living elements carefully! Discard any packaging elements.
Light Bright Find your bromeliad a home in bright, indirect, natural sunlight. You’ll want to choose a spot that is at least three feet away from a window. A word to the wise - glass can magnify sunlight by up to three times. A super sunny windowsill can cause your plant to burn, turn brown and eventually die - aiyiyi!
Hydration How To Bromeliads are well suited to drier environments - it’s one of the reasons they make great house plants. We recommend setting your plant up on a minimal weekly watering schedule - a ¼ cup of H20 will do to start! A weekly misting will also help to keep your bromeliad happy. Use a spray bottle to deliver one or two sprays to the foliage and leaves. Pro Tip: if your tap water is exceptionally hard, try using distilled water to hydrate your plant.
The Circle of Life After a few months to a year, it is natural for the blooms to fade and the quill to die. Once you notice signs of decay, you can snip this portion off the foliage using sharp scissors or shears. This is not a sign of an unhappy plant! Continue to care for the foliage as you were when it was blooming and you may be rewarded with a new quill!
Be patient. This process can take months, if not years. In the meantime, enjoy the fun foliage!
If (and we stress the if here) you’re keeping your bromeliad happy you may eventually see new “pups” forming at the “mother’s” feet. Eventually the mother will die off, leaving the pups behind. These can be left in the same vessel to continue growing or moved to a new vessel if you wish to propagate (read: make more) bromeliads.