Guzmanias are stunning table-top plants with long, narrow, shiny green leaves that rise from a deep central cup. The plants are a genus of Bromeliads, although they’re somewhat taller than many Bromeliads, and their large and showy flower bracts emerge in spring.
If you’re looking for an indoor plant that will provide colour, a Guzmania is our top choice. Caring for your indoor Guzmania is not difficult — they’re easy to grow Bromeliads and they will reward you with months of colourful ‘flowers’ with little or no effort.
How to care for your Guzmania
- Guzmanias require low light and should be kept out of direct sunlight — making them perfect for low-light areas of your house or office.
- Place water in the central cup of the plant, and to prevent it from rotting, replace the water every few days.
- In summer and spring the soil should be kept moist.
- Guzmanias thrive in temperatures of 13°C or higher.
- As they are tropical plants, Guzmanias love high humidity. A light daily misting will keep your Guzmania looking its best.
Interesting facts about your Guzmania or Bromeliad
- Most bromeliads only flower once under home or office conditions. However, if new offshoots are produced, it is possible to encourage them to flower by treating the plant with ethylene gas.
- Here’s how to get your Guzmanias to flower: place one or two ready-to-eat apples next to the plant and then seal them in a plastic bag. Keep the bag sealed for two or three days at room temperature and then remove the bag and apples. It could take a few weeks before you know if the treatment worked.
- You can also use the offshoots to grow more Guzmanias. Carefully break off the shoot once it’s about a third of the size of the mother plant and plant it in its own pot. Or leave the offshoots in the original pot and just remove the mother plant once it has died. This will give you a clump of new Guzmanias.
- Many bromeliads are classified as ‘epiphytes’ or air plants as they grow on other plants and in other elevated positions. They are not parasites, but obtain water and nutrients through a spongy covering of their roots.
- Recent findings have shown that Bromeliads are one of many indoor plants that can clean air of pollutants.
Looking for more indoor plants that last a long time, are easy to look after and have stunning blooms? Try growing a beautiful kalanchoe plant, or a pretty begonia — with our easy to follow growing guides you don’t even need green fingers!