Bromeliad Care Guide

Bromeliads (Bromeliaceae) are a family of plants with about 3600 known species. Native to tropical regions of the Americas, this plant family is home to a wide range of species, from the air plant to the pineapple. This guide covers care for genus of Bromeliad such as Aechma, Neoregelia and Guzmania.


Bromeliad’s prefer medium to bright indirect light. Avoid lighting extremes, such as direct sunlight, which can burn and damage the foliage. Dark corners and other extremely low lighting exposures should also be avoided.

Water and Soil

Bromeliads will tolerate drying out occasionally between waterings, but they would prefer their soil to be kept evenly moist. They should be watered once the top layer (around 1-2”) of the soil becomes dry. Amending a standard well-draining potting soil with peat moss will help to keep your plants roots evenly moist, while the addition of perlite will ensure that proper drainage and root aeration are provided.

Water can also be provided to the plant through its central reservoir. If watering the Bromeliad through its “tank” just be sure not to allow water to stand or stagnate here for more than 2 days unconsumed, as this can lead to rot and decay.

Temperature and Humidity

Bromeliads prefer room temperatures between 60 and 85 degrees F. Temperatures below 55 may be damaging to this plants foliage, and should be avoided. Bromeliads prefer moderate to high humidity levels. You can provide additional humidity through a humidifier, pebble tray, or regularly misting your plant.