The Guzmania plant, a popular member of the Bromeliad family, is native to South America. Its iconic rosette foliage and brightly colored central flower can add a much needed contrast to your interior design. The beautiful bloom can last up to 3 months with proper care.
Originated from the South America's tropical forest, Guzmanias are shade lovers and can't handle direct sunlight, which can damage their leaves. If it is placed in a very bright spot, its leaves will turn pale green. On the other hand, not enough light will cause the leaves to turn dark green and grow further apart. Ideally, the plant is placed a few feet away from a west or east-facing window.
WATER & HUMIDITY
Like most Bromeliads, this plant has a minimal root system and can die from root rot if being over-watered. As a tropical plant, the plant enjoys high humidity so misting lightly once every few days will keep your Bromeliad Guzmania fresh and happy. It is recommended to use lukewarm water as it holds more humidity than room temperature water.
Indoor temperature between 60°F-80°F is ideal for your Bromeliad Guzmania. The central flower of the plant will bloom longer when the temperature is on the cooler side. However, as a tropical plant, the plant doesn't tolerate cold weather.
During spring and summer, you can spray the leaves of your Bromeliad Guzmania with a liquid fertilizer diluted to 1/2 to 1/4 the normal strength once every other month.
Although Bromeliad Guzmania is non-toxic to dogs and cats, it is still safe to keep them away from your furry friends and children.
Why are the leaves of my Bromeliad Guzmania turning yellow?
There are several issues that can cause this condition. If your plant is placed in a bright light spot, it is simply getting too much sunlight. If the lighting situation is fine and you haven't fertilized your Bromeliad Guzmania for a while, it might just need some feeding. Lastly, if you have had your Bromeliad Guzmania for over a year, the plant might be near the end of its lifecycle.
How long can Bromeliad Guzmania last?
Once mature and in bloom, the Bromeliad Guzmania plant will begin to fade and die after a certain amount of time. This really depends on the care they receive. I have had some stay in good bloom for 6 months, although this is unusual, and most only last 2-3 months with a good looking flower.
Need further help with your plant. Please check our guide on common issues.