As tradition goes, these plants are used as an important local culture and identity to the indigenous communities of Las Margaritas, Chiapas, Mexico. They are collected on the Day of the Dead for ceremonial and religious festivities and to decorate the graves of loved ones.
Super easy to care for and perfect for beginners!
Safe for humans, pets, cats and dogs.
Grown in the USA. Native to South America.
Grown in the USA. Native to South America.
Great For People Who…
Great for people who are on the go and need low maintenance plants
Great for people who love the tropical vibe
Great for people who love flowering plants
Great For Spaces That…
Great for spaces with partial shade patios
Great for spaces with high humidity environment or climate
Great for spaces with bright indirect light
'Claire' Guzmania Bromeliad Care Guide
Medium to bright indirect light. Never direct sunlight.
Don't overwater. Too much water can cause root or crown rot.
Enjoys high humidity. Spritz occasionally.
Ideally, the Bromeliads grow best when temperatures are between 60°-80°F.
Outside: Grow in partial shade (4-6 hours) where nights are above 60°F.
Indoors: The 'Claire' Bromeliad prefers bright, indirect light for at least six hours in a southern, eastern and western windows.
Fertilize monthly during their growing period while the flower is in bloom with a balanced liquid fertilizer and a time release granular soil fertilizer. Reduce during the fall and winter months while the plant is in their dormant phase. When fertilizing, don't get the fertilizer in the urn or tank as this can burn the plant.
To repot a 'Claire' bromeliad grown out of their container, get a larger one that's 2 inches wider with drainage holes. Make sure the container is sturdy enough if the bromeliad is top-heavy.
Use a mixture of 1/2 well-draining potting mix, 1/4 perlite, and 1/4 orchid bark. Place a piece of screening at the bottom of the container over the drainage hole to secure the soil and allow it to drain. Fill the container's bottom with the mix, then place the bromeliad in and fill around the edges. Leave at least an inch of room from the top of the container to avoid water spillage.
Water the plant well. Add them to an area with bright, indirect sunlight and humidity to let them settle into the new environment.
CleaningAfter bloom begins to die
Remove the dead or dying part with some pruners back to the base. This simple pruning will give more light to the remaining pups with more room to stretch and make new baby bromeliads.
To propagate the 'Claire' bromeliad pups, let the pups grow on the mother plant until they reach at least 5 inches or a third of the original stalk's size. Take the mother plant out of the pot. Cut the mother plant top off to see the pup and remove all the dead leaves. Pull away the pup and the small root system with them. You may need to use pruners to help remove the roots and pup. Some arm strength may be required to wedge them away from the parent plant. Once you have them separated, you can use a bromeliad medium (1/2 well-draining potting mix, 1/4 perlite, and 1/4 orchid bark) to repot them in. Use a container with drainage holes and nothing too big for the pup. Allow at least 2 inches of soil to surround the pup. You will bury the roots very shallow in the soil so as not to cause rotting on the leaves. Tamp the mix down to secure the plant. Water from overhead to give them a drink and water well so that water drains through the hole. Set them in a bright, indirect sunny area.
While the flower is in bloom, your Bromeliad will require monthly fertilization. While the Bromeliad is dormant in the Fall and Winter, you can fertilize on an ‘as needed’ basis. Consider a South, East, or Westerly facing window to offer your Guzmania a healthy daily dose of medium to bright indirect light.
How often should I water a Claire Guzmania Bromeliad?
Storing water in their leaves, this Claire Guzmania Bromeliad has a capacity to tolerate drought conditions. Water them a few times weekly during the Summer months; if you’re still unsure, remember that it is much safer to under water this plant than over water them. This plant does, however, love high humidity and you may even offer it the occasional spritz (about twice weekly).