We hear the question all the time – can you tell me “How to water a bromeliad plant?” – hopefully this will give you a clear answer and you’ll be able to enjoy these colorful plants even more.
Bromeliads, in their natural habitat, grow under a wide range of conditions and will survive prolonged periods of drought. The general rule of thumb for watering bromeliads is: water well and allow to dry before watering again.
Fill Up the Tank…
Many of the bromeliads sold today are "tank type" bromeliads. The rosette of broad leaves creates a "cup" or "vase" in the plants center.
These plants hold water in the cup and leaf axils. Plants with cups should be filled, and not allowed to remain empty.
The tank should be flushed out with plenty of water periodically to prevent possible stagnation. This periodic flushing also prevents a build up of salts left when water in the cup evaporates.
Water should be removed from the cup if the temperature is likely to fall below 40 degrees. Hopefully this won’t happen to you inside. This practice will prevent cold damage which appears as a brown line across each leaf at the water level.
If you take care of Bromeliads indoors, you may need to mist the plant about twice a week in addition to your watering in order to prevent drying of the leaves by the low humidity.
Bromeliads are like most other plants in that they will tell you when they become stressed from being too dry. Drying the plant out can cause permanent cellular damage to the leaf structure.
Check More Often In winter
In homes where the relative humidity is low (during winter months and in air-conditioning) plants must be checked and watered more often.
The quality of the water is important. Tap water can generally be used for watering the pots and soil area. Better results are obtained by using rain, distilled or reverse-osmosis water for the tanks or cups.
If you use city water, and it contains excessive salts, flushing of the plant periodically will reduce the chances of salt damages.
Bromeliads provide indoor color for months at a time and are generally carefree. Most of the problems encountered with bromeliads are usually associated with rot caused by overwatering.
By following these watering guidelines you should be well on your way to having a healthy bromeliad to enjoy for months and months.