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Bromeliad Flower: Everything You Need to Know

Are you looking for an indoor plant that gives your House a new glam with its stunning colors and textures? What else would you need, if not Bromeliad flower?

The showy red, green, purple, orange and yellow flowers with bands, stripes, and spots are its eye-arresting attribute.

Generally, Bromeliads produce only one rosette-shaped flower spike of great colors like red, pink, purple, orange, and yellow in its lifetime, which lasts between 3 to 6 months. Bromeliad plants must be at least a year old to mature and produce flowers.

Tillandsia Bromeliad
Bromeliads bloom only once in their lifetime, after which they die.

Usually, the flashy Bromeliad may appear tough to cultivate, yet it requires very low assistance. Bright sunlight, weekly watering, and warm condition are all it needs.

If you want to learn about how, where, and when Bromeliads bloom, you are in the right place.

What does a Bromeliad Flower Look Like?

Bromeliads are part of the Bromeliaceae plant family, which has around 2700 species divided into 56 genera.

Most of the Bromeliads have a unique appearance. Their leaves are long and contain scales at the edges with colorful bracts surrounding the flower in the middle.

Bromeliad flower
People often confuse the bracts of Bromeliads as their flowers, but the flower is enclosed within those bracts.

Its appearance, size, and color vary by genera and species. Bromeliads will wear off their actual color when they get little to no sunlight or begin to die off.

Let us see the basic appearance of Bromeliad flowers in the table below.

IndicatorIdentity
Scientific NameBromeliaceae genera
Common NameBromeliad
Flower Life Span3-6 months
Flower size8"-12"
ToxicityNon-toxic to humans and pets
FloweringThe small flowers grow in an inflorescence which is surrounded by colorful bracts
FragranceDepends on the variety
Some varieties are highly fragrant
Flowering SeasonAll year long
Blossom ColorRed, Yellow, Orange, Pink, Purple, Green
FruitingSome bromeliads have edible fruits

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Most outdoor Bromeliads are pollinated with the help of birds like hummingbirds and bats. While if you have your plant indoors, insects are your pollinators.

Bromeliad also produces offshoots that are called Bromeliad pups. These pups are great for propagation purposes.

How to Make my Bromeliad Bloom?

There is no significant purpose in making your Bromeliad bloom, but we get it, you are a gardener.

The most strange and famous method is the ‘Apple in the bag’ approach. For this, get a ripe apple and a plastic bag that is big enough to fit the pot.

Bloomed Bromeliad
To force bloom a Bromeliad, you can use apples as the ethylene gas in them helps the plant bloom.

Place the pot and the apple in the plastic bag for about 7 to 8 days. Keep the bag in a shady place and ensure it has no holes.

After two to three months, you can remove the bag and see flowers on your plant. The apple’s ethylene gas will cause the plant to bloom.

You can also use bananas or kiwis for this experiment.

People also prepare a solution of Epsom salt and use it to water the plants to promote flowering.

Additionally, provide your Bromeliads 4 to 6 hours each day of bright indirect lighting, weekly watering, and slow-release diluted fertilizer to encourage blooming.

Do Bromeliads Only Flower Once?

A simple answer to this question is that the Bromeliads bloom only once in a lifetime.

Bromeliads do not bloom again after their flowers are spent. But you can plant their offsets and grow them to maturity to get new blooms.

The flowering season of a plant is determined by its age rather than the time of year. They need to be at least a year old before they can flower.

When they flower, they do so during the winter seasons. Many gardeners prefer to cut off the flowers so the plant can focus its energy on producing offsets.

Bromeliads are very easy to care for, making them an ideal home plant, even for newbies. Even indoors, it blooms for a very long time.

If your Bromeliad flowers are turning brown before their maturity, the reason could be too much or too little sun, over-watering, etc.

What Should you do with Bromeliad Plant Flowers?

As we already know, Bromeliads only flower once and produce pups (offsets) after the blossom has faded.

Although blossoming marks the end of its life cycle, it is entirely up to you whether or not to cut the flowers.

When the blossom fades, the mother plant begins to die back naturally, producing offshoots called pups.

Trim the dead flower stalk as close to the central cup as possible to encourage healthy pups.

How to Cut Bromeliad Flower?

Although Bromeliads are perennials, they only have one reproductive life cycle, meaning they only grow, blossom, and produce pups once.

This means you can prune your Bromeliad any time during the year.

Cut Bromeliad Bloom
If you have keen eyes, you can easily distinguish the bract and the actual flower of Bromeliads, which will be beneficial while cutting the flowers.

I once had a Bromeliad flower in my House. When the flower started to wilt, I decided to trim the plant to enhance the growth of young offsets.

Here is how you can cut off the flower properly.

  • Get your scissors and gardening gloves ready for the pruning process.
  • Secondly, look for the spent blooms and cut them at the base of their stalk or the point where the flower is still attached.
  • Collect the cut blooms in a basket to discard them later.
  • Continue to look after and take care of your Bromeliad and be ready to repeat the above process once the foliage turns brown.
  • Remove the pups and repot them in a pot with the required conditions.

Read our article to discover how to properly repot the Bromeliad pup.

Bromeliad Care After Flowering

Bromeliads can grow well indoors as well as outdoors. However, there are requirements for them to blossom a flower.

Let us look at the optimum conditions you need to fulfill for Bromeliads after they have flowered.

ParametersOptimum Condition
Lighting6 hours of bright dappled sunlight
WateringWeekly watering by funnel and soak and dry method.
Humidity40-60%, warm climate
Temperature 65°F to 95°F (18°C to 35°C).
FertilizationEvery two months with 10-10-10 NPK and 4-6 percent magnesium.
Potting3"-4" (young)
4"-6" (medium)
6"-8" (large)

I fulfilled the above requirements for my Bromeliad, and to my wonder, they are thriving even after flowering.

Read on for additional information on Bromeliad watering, soil, and fertilizer requirements.

Meaning & Benefits of Bromeliad Flowers

Bromeliads flowers may not hold as much significance as the fruits themselves, but they still have some importance.

Whether for their meaning or their benefits, Bromeliads are a formidable group of plants.

Let us delve deeper into this subject.

1. Bromeliad Flower Meaning

In the previous civilization, Bromeliads were like a gift of gods to the people, as the Mayans, Aztecs, and Incas used almost all the parts of these plants as food, shelter, and fibers.

Bromeliad flowers and other tropical flowers are often associated with prestige and luxury.

Let us look at the type of symbolization the type of the Bromeliads.

IndicatorMeaning
Deeper colored bloomsWealth and Success
Lighter colorsBeauty, Elegance, and Charm
Red colored BromeliadsPassion for someone

Long leaves surround as delicate and sweet fruits with scales, some people associate Bromeliads with ‘protection.’

2. Medicinal Purposes

Though the flower does not possess any specific medical benefit, the plant as a whole has certain properties that can be beneficial.

Bromeliads are great plants that release a vast amount of oxygen and help clean the air laced with pollutants.

According to Science Daily, houseplants like Bromeliads are also known to reduce stress and boost productivity.

These plants are also must-have plants if you have difficulty getting that good night’s sleep.

3. Ornamental Assertions

Bromeliads are available in various colors, shapes, and sizes. They are wonderful centerpieces for any houseplant collection because of their tremendous variety.

Bromeliad plants
You shall regularly mist your Bromeliad plants during summer to keep them moist.

Just look at the Bromeliad Scarlet star, and you will agree with what I have been talking about.

People use these plants as household decoration thanks to their bright-colored bracts.

Read on to learn more about Bromeliads Benefits.

Health Considerations to Keep in Mind with Bromeliads

The Bromeliad is one of the most loved plants anyone would suggest you take home. One of the reasons is its non-toxicity to both humans and pets.

According to the ASPCA, the varieties of Bromeliads are non-toxic to humans, cats, dogs and other pets. 

However, there are certain risks in being around Bromeliads. 

1. It can Cause Dermatitis

Bromeliads are non-toxic when purchased and grown at home. However, nectar may cause an allergic reaction, leading to mild dermatitis.

Dermatitis can cause skin swelling, rashes, itchiness, dry skin, blisters, etc., that may take weeks to heal.

2. It can Cause Allergic Reactions

Although allergy to Bromeliads is unknown, it may cause grave damage to humans’ and pets’ well-being.

Cat with plants
Bromeliads are not particularly toxic to cats but can still trigger allergic reactions in some cats.

If your pet cat eats any part of these plants, it may face some gastrointestinal discomfort.

3. Sharp Scales

Most of the Bromeliads have sharp scales in their leaves that can cut someone down on contact.

Make sure to place your Bromeliads away from the reach of small kids and pets.

In any case, if your pets eat the Bromeldia plant, immediately contact the Animal Humane Society.

Call them on 952-435-7738 in case of emergency. 

Conclusion

Bromeliad flowers add charm to your House with their lovely varieties of colors. It is a low-maintenance plant that helps in air purification indoors.

However, ensure optimum lighting and watering to witness its vibrant inflorescence.

Welcome a Bromeliad plant to your House to enjoy its beauty.

Want to know more about Bromeliad? Read the articles on Bromeliad varieties and Bromeliad Seeds

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