How to Grow Guzmania Bromeliads


Guzmania bromeliads are wonderfully stunning tabletop plants. They feature long, narrow, shiny green leaves that arise from a deep central cup. The plants are somewhat taller than many bromeliads. Their large and showy flower bracts arise in the summer in an amazing array of colors. Guzmania are not difficult bromeliads to grow, and they will reward you with many weeks of color with little or no effort.

How to Grow a Guzmania

Guzmania are fairly typical bromeliads. The two best tips for success are: make sure the plant is potted adequately so it won't pull over the container and provide ample warmth and humidity. If the plant is exposed to cold, dump out the central cup and refill with warmer water at the first available opportunity. These plants don't acclimate to higher light levels as well as some other bromeliads, therefore be extra careful about exposure to direct sunlight.


Indirect light or moderate shade. Do not expose to direct sunlight.


Any soil mix will work fine. These are technically air plants that use their roots for support.


Keep water in the central cup. Change water frequently to prevent rot. Avoid tap water if possible. During colder weather, they can be watered lightly in the soil with a dry cup.

Temperature and Humidity

Aim for at least 55 F or higher. These are warm-house bromeliads that appreciate high humidity and warmth.


Fertilize very sparingly with a liquid fertilizer during the growing season.