Bromeliads Buying And Care Guide

Discover the individuality of the bromeliads – unique and stunning flowering plants. They bloom only once in their lifetime, but they can last for months, adding a tropical vibrance to any interior. These unusual house plants are easy to care for, making them the perfect decorative highlight indoors and porch plants in warm climates.


The Benefits of Growing Bromeliads

Here are several reasons why bromeliads might be the perfect plant for you:

  • Air-purifying properties: Not only do they look amazing, but bromeliads are also champion air purifiers, as research shows, capturing harmful volatile organic chemicals indoors and neutralizing them.
  • Drought-resistant: Bromeliads are drought-tolerant plants that require little water.
  • Easy care: These exotic beauties are low-maintenance plants, making them perfect for beginners.
  • Non-toxic to pets: Bromeliads are generally pet-friendly plants that are safe for cats and dogs.
  • Aesthetic appeal: Bromeliads are a sight to behold with their curved leaves and striking inflorescence. Their bloom colors range from pink through red to purple.

Take the delicately tinted Pink Aechmea Bromeliad, or discover the bold, bright hues of various Guzmania Bromeliad plants. They can all elevate your interior space, especially in arrangements with plants that boast contrasting dark-green foliage.   

Different Bromeliads Types: Choose the Right One for You  

There are many different types of bromeliads, each with unique features, colorful blooms, and leaf patterns. Here are several highlights to consider, available in Lively Root’s bromeliad collection:

Tropical Delight Guzmania Bromeliad

  • Characteristics: The Tropical Delight Guzmania Bromeliad (Guzmania Bromeliad) is a beautiful blooming plant with long, curved leaves and a single flower spike in bright red, yellow, orange, or pink. The plant grows up to 14 inches tall, and mature bromeliads bloom from 3 to 6 months.  
  • Requirements: Requires bright but indirect light and thrives in temperatures between 60°F and 80°F. It needs little water, so be careful not to overwater it.
  • Level of care: Easy
  • Pet-friendliness: Non-toxic to pets

Amazonian Zebra Bromeliad

  • Characteristics: One of the rare bromeliads for sale, the Amazonian Zebra Bromeliad (Aechmeas Bromeliad) has distinctive horizontal silver stripes on its dark green leaves, set off with a striking red flower that can continue blooming for half a year.  
  • Requirements: Medium to bright indirect sunlight, stable warm temperatures, and high humidity. Doesn’t need a lot of water.
  • Level of care: Easy
  • Pet-friendliness: Non-toxic to pets

Evita Vriesea Bromeliad

  • Characteristics: The Evita Vriesea Bromeliad ('Evita' Vriesea splendens) has broad, glossy green leaves and a sword-shaped inflorescence in various colors—the plant blooms when three to five years old, with its flowers lasting several weeks.
  • Requirements: Needs bright, indirect light, warmth, and extra humidity. Water it well, but let all excess water drain and wait until the soil dries before watering again.
  • Level of care: Easy
  • Pet-friendliness: Non-toxic to pets

Pineapple Plant with Fruit

  • Characteristics: The Pineapple Plant (Ananas comosus) is a medium-sized bromeliad plant with spiky foliage and an edible pineapple on top of an upright central stem.
  • Requirements: One of the few full-sun bromeliads for sale, the pineapple plant needs bright light and high humidity. It thrives in consistently warm temperatures between 68°F and 85°F, and its soil should be allowed to dry after thorough watering.
  • Level of care: Easy
  • Pet-friendliness: Non-toxic to pets (the fruit can cause digestive issues and allergic reactions).  

Bromeliad Care & Maintenance Tips

Bromeliads care

Bromeliads are tropical plants that are easy to grow. Here’s what to do to make sure your bromeliad plants are looking their best:

Watering and Humidity

Most bromeliads only need watering when their soil dries out completely. Overwatering can cause root rot. They enjoy high humidity and will benefit from misting.

Light requirements, Feeding, and Pruning

Choose a spot with bright but indirect light for your bromeliad. Use a balanced liquid fertilizer to feed the plant while it’s blooming. Prune the dead leaves when the plant starts wilting after blooming to make more room for the pups.  


Many bromeliad plants for sale are mature plants from 3 to 5 years old that are either blooming or about to bloom. Once the flower wilts, the bromeliad plant starts actively growing new pups. Allow the pups to reach 5 inches tall. Then, separate them carefully from the mother plant and transfer each into a small pot with bromeliad soil.

Common Issues and Solutions

Here are some common bromeliad plant issues and how to fix them:

  • Failure to flower: Most bromeliads bloom only once in their lifetime, but the flower can last several months or, in some cases, even a year. To help your plant bloom, give it the necessary nutrients with a nourishing fertilizer and provide sufficient light and warmth.
  • Overwatering: Ensure that your plant’s pot provides good drainage and let the excess water drain completely to prevent root rot and leaf issues. 
  • Insufficient light exposure: Leggy leaves and lack of blooms indicate your plant isn’t getting sufficient light. Move it to a place with bright but indirect sunlight.
  • Insects and leaf issues: Common bromeliad pests are mealybugs. Remove them manually with a damp cloth and wash the leaves. Brown spots on the leaves can be a sign of sunburn – move the plant away from direct light.

Embrace the Bromeliads Tropical Vibe

Bromeliads types

Arrange an inspiring tropical corner in your home or office with Lively Root’s vibrant bromeliads for sale. You can combine them with other tropical plants to create a real home jungle in any room or make them a focal point that will bring color into your living space. With their air-purifying properties and joyful, bright hues, these plants will boost your mood and add a relaxing, exotic note to any indoor or outdoor space.

Choose the perfect bromeliad plant for your home or office in Lively Root’s bromeliad collection, or get one of these easy-care tropical stunners as a gift for your loved ones. 

Brighten up Your Life With Glamorous and Exotic Bromeliads!