The Triple Pineapple Bromeliads aka Guzmania plants are perennial plants in the bromeliad family. There are over 120 different Guzmania plants and all are native to South America. These tropical beauties are known as epiphytic plants and attach to trees with roots that never reach the soil. Three striking bracts grow from the center of the plant and can be red, yellow, orange or deep purple depending on the species. Leaves are thin and dark green.
Bromeliad plants provide an exotic touch to the home and bring a sense of the tropics and sun-kissed climates. Growing a bromeliad as a houseplant is easy and brings interesting texture and color to a interior garden. The plant is prized for its splashy flower that attract the attention of any audience. Near the end of its life, a Bromeliad plant may produce an inflorescence, or flower. The wide leaves are sword shaped or scoop-like and grow around a central cup. This cup catches water in the plant’s habitat.
Thrives in bright indirect light, but can tolerate a few hours of direct sun from an East or West facing window. Not suited for low light or full direct afternoon sun.
Water every 1–2 weeks, allowing soil to dry out between waterings. Expect to water more often in brighter light and less often in lower light. Make sure the central cup of the plant has water within it at all times. This plant can benefit from extra humidity. Bromeliads can be sensitive to hard tap water. Try using filtered water or leaving water out overnight before using.
Sick Plant Signs
Yellowing leaves, wet potting mix: Overwatered
Browning, stunted growth: Too much hard water, change to filtered water