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The Bromeliad exudes fun, dazzling colour and self-confidence. On the website you will find a range of interesting information, inspiration and tips. Below you will also find a number of the most frequently asked questions and answers. Can’t find your question? Ask your garden centre or florist for help.

How should I care for a Bromeliad?

Keep in a place with light but not full sun, water in the calyx now and then, no plant food necessary.

How long does a Bromeliad flower for?

On average 3 to 6 months. A Bromeliad only flowers once.

Where did Bromeliads originally come from?

The Bromeliad’s original habitats are located in Central and South America. Countless species in a rainbow of colours are still found growing wild there.

How can I grow a Bromeliad myself?

After flowering, new little plants will develop at the base of the original plant. Let them grow until they are half the size of the original plant. For two weeks, keep pouring water into their calyxes and then break the baby Bromeliads off carefully, preferably with roots. Pot up the young Bromeliads; they will be ready to flower in a year. Put a ripe apple into the calyx, cover the plant with a plastic bag, and close it. After three weeks, remove the plastic bag and the apple. In another eight to sixteen weeks, your new Bromeliad will be in bloom.

Can I put a Bromeliad outside?

You can definitely take your Bromeliad outside, but not when in frosty weather. Wait until it’s 15°C / 59°F or more. Do not place the plant in the sun; a shady spot is fine. Varieties particularly good for taking outside are: Aechmea, Billbergia, Ananas, Neoreglia and Tillandsia.

How long can a Bromeliad remain in a living room?

All year. Some varieties (see above) can be put outside during the summer.

Can I put a Bromeliad in my terrarium?

Yes, but avoid intense lighting and remember that salamanders, poison dart frogs and other reptiles will like to nibble on their leaves.

Are Bromeliads grown using environmentally responsible methods?

Yes, indeed. Dutch and Belgian Bromeliad growers purify and recycle their water and use only safe products for crop protection and fertilising. A computer efficiently manages the greenhouse climate to keep it within optimal limits.

What is the difference between the terms 'Bromeliad', 'Guzmania' and 'Vriesea'?

The name ‘Bromeliad’ refers to the name of the family; the names ‘Guzmania’ and ‘Vriesea’ refer to two of the genera (singular: genus) within the Bromeliad Family (others being Aechmea and Ananas).

How many species of Bromeliads are there?

There are around 2800 species growing in the wild and approximately 250 more varieties have been developed by breeding efforts. The wild species are not offered for sale.

Are Bromeliads edible?

They may look pretty enough to eat but they are not suitable for consumption.