This exotic star-shaped plant adds the wow-factor to tropical gardens. There is a fantastic variety of bromeliads, each with its distinctive features. Some have speckled leaves, others have brightly colored centers, yet others have unique flowers popping up from the center of the plant. These striking tropical plants can serve as centerpieces for container gardens or can be paired with several other tropical plants to create a garden oasis. Bromeliads require very little maintenance and are incredibly versatile. Fill up a bed or use it as an eye-catching focal point in a garden or around pools.
In the landscape, plant bromeliads in well-drained soil in a moderately bright or shady location. These rainforest plants prefer indirect light and might burn if planted in direct sunlight. Water well when planted and subsequently when the top two inches of soil feels dry to the touch. Fertilize this low maintenance plant once during the summer with a well-balanced fertilizer. This tropical is happiest in zones ten and above but can tolerate being planted in zone 9 in the landscape provided it is protected from frost and freezing temperatures.
Some of our favorites: Neoregelia, Guzmania, Bromeliad ‘Burgundy.’
Note: These plants are grown for decorative purposes and are not intended for human or animal consumption.
Outstanding Features: Structured leaves, bold colors, unique leaf markings
|Common Names||Bromeliad||Scientific Name||Bromeliad|
|Bloom colors||Pink, maroon, purple, orange, yellow, pink||Light||Partial shade, dappled shade|
|Water||Water regularly once planted in the landscape until established||Size||Depends on the variety|
|Zone||9 and above||Overwintering||In zones 8 and below, plant in containers or use as an annual|
|Fertilizer||Once in the summer with a well-balanced fertilizer||Companion plants||Alocasia, foxtail fern, sweet potato vine|