Watering Bromeliads – How To Water Potted Bromeliad Plants!

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Bromeliad plants are colorful, long-lasting (3-4 months), and make great gifts. People always ask how to water bromeliads in pots.

Below, we’ll give you a quick lesson on watering bromeliads. Learn how to water a bromeliad and how much water a bromeliad plant can hold.

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Bromeliads, air plants in their natural habitat, grow under a wide range of conditions and will survive prolonged periods of drought. The general rule of thumb for watering bromeliads is:

Water well and allow to dry before watering again.

How To Water Bromeliads In Pots

Wide varieties of bromeliads sold today are “tank type” bromeliads. The rosette of broad leaves creates a “cup” or “vase” in the plant’s center.

These plants hold water in the cup and leaf axils. Plants with cups should be filled and not allowed to remain empty.

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Related: Are Bromeliads Toxic To Cats?

Flush the tank out with plenty of water periodically to prevent stagnant water in the cup. This periodic flushing also prevents a build-up of salts left when water in the cup evaporates.

Water should be removed from the cup if the temperature is likely to fall below 40° degrees Fahrenheit.

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Hopefully, this won’t happen to you inside. This practice will prevent cold damage, which appears as a brown line across each leaf at the water level.

If you care for Bromeliads indoors, you may need to mist the plant about twice a week in addition to watering to prevent the leaves from drying out due to low humidity.

FYI… Several pots of bromeliads can be put together into an attractive decorative planter to create a bromeliad garden. When one starts fading, simply remove the pot and replace it with a new one. You can have color all year!

Bromeliads are like most other plants; they will tell you when they become stressed from being too dry. Drying the plant out can cause permanent cellular damage to the leaf structure.

More On Bromeliad Plants

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How Often To Water Bromeliads In Winter

In homes with low relative humidity (during winter and in air-conditioning), plants must be checked and watered more often.

The quality of the water is important in Bromeliad watering. Tap water can generally be used to water pots and soil. Better results are obtained using rainwater, distilled water, or reverse-osmosis water over tap water to fill the central tanks or cups.

If you use city water containing excessive salts, flushing the plant periodically will reduce the chances of salt damage.

Bromeliads provide indoor color for months at a time and are generally carefree. Most of the problems encountered with bromeliads are usually associated with rot caused by overwatering.

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By following these watering guidelines, you should be well on your way to having a healthy bromeliad to enjoy for months and months.

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