Pros: Very showy. Easy to grow.
Cons: The flower does not smell very good
With the tropical heat in Florida being at a peak now I began planting Bromeliads. Bromeliads are a hardy, self propagating plant that thrive in heat and need very little water.
The varieties are endless. They also flower which is usually spectacular. The Zebra Striped Bromeliad gives off a bright coral colored flower. With most of the Bromeliads once they flower the mother plant dies but at that point you have the babies.
I now have about 6 different types that I choose for their various colors, some speckled, some chartreuse and solid colored, some almost a dark burgndy and this striped version.
This is native to Central and South America and there are approximately 250 known species of Vriesea Bromeliads and dozens of hybrids. It's also called the Feather Bromeliad. This has a green bract and yellow flowers that smells like rotting fruit that can attract bats. In the wild, bats pollinate the B. fenestalis bromeliad or Zebra plant.
These plants like shade and indirect light but also thrive in full sun. Keep the central cup full of water. They also like humidity so if you're growing this inside place it on a tray of pebbles and mist it regularly. The brighter the light that the plant is put in the brighter the color of the foliage and flower. You can add liquid fertilizer to the water in the cup but do this sparingly.
This plant produces babies, off shoots that are called pups. As the mother plant ages or hits it's peak it will start producing off shoots. You cannot grow this from seed. but since you get pups this isn't an issue. When the pup is a decent size take a sharp knife and cut it off from the mother plant. Place it directly into sandy soil and it wll become your new plant.
They are quite resilient. They’re also part of a grouping called epiphytes meaning they grow on other plants in well-drained, humus-rich sand. A good potting mix for your bromeliad is made up of equal amounts of peat, coarse sand and bark chips. The roots are tiny and will, clasp onto tree bark or into loose soil. The foliage is a rosette, with rows of leaves forming a “vase” that holds water, dust and debris. Bromeliads can also be long-lasting, low-maintenance houseplants. Each bromeliad is adapted to growing conditions that range from shady and humid to sunny and hot.
The Pineapple is the most famous bromeliad in the world. Try this easy and rewarding plant for your home or garden.
Grows to 20 inches tall and 24 inches wide
Plant in zone 9 ,zone 10 and zone 11