Guzmania Table Top Plant in 6” Pot
A large grower to 30cm+. It has red leaves in an open rosette. Blushes crimson when in bloom, with many purple flowers.
Bromeliads thrive with very little water and little or no attention
They make the perfect gift for family, friends or any special occasion
Care information included
A beautiful yet not particularly well known bromeliad, Tillandsia leiboldiana is native to Costa Rica and southern Mexico. With it’s large colourful inflorescence Tillandsia leiboldiana makes a really unusual houseplant.
Plenty of bright but diffused sunlight encourages the bright colouration of the flower bract.
As with other ‘tank’ bromeliads, Tillandsia leiboldiana should be watered in the centre of the plant… filling it’s tank. This water should be changed regularly to avoid it going stagnant and killing the plant.
Similarly to Tillandsia cyanea and Tillandsia flabellata, Tillandsia leiboldiana grows best as a pot plant.
Guzmania plant care tips:
Like the other bromeliads, Guzmanias prefer and are happiest in bright, natural light. An east or west exposure would be best but just be sure they avoid exposure to any direct, hot sun because they’ll burn. They’ll be fine in low light for a few weeks, but they won’t be as long lasting. If you want them for the long haul & have them produce pups, bright light is the ticket.
Guzmanias have a tank, cup, vase or urn (the central well which the flower stalk arises out of) which is how they collect a lot of the water they need. You want to keep that vase about 1/4 of the way full of water & flush it out with fresh water every 1-2 months to avoid any build up of bacteria.
Keep even less water in the tank if you have low light &/or cool temps. You don’t want the plant to rot out. I let the cup go dry for 2-7 days before I refill with a little water.
Because moisture is collected through their leaves, they’d appreciate a spraying or misting once or twice a week. I also moisten the growing medium every 1-2 months depending on the temperatures and the season. Like all houseplants, you want to water less in the late fall through winter.
If you have hard water, consider using distilled or purified water. And, don’t over water your bromeliad – they don’t like to stay constantly wet.
|Light Requirements||Low light|
|Bloom Color Family||Bicolor|