Care for a bromeliad house plant by planting it in a suitable pot and soil mix, watering it regularly and feeding it fertilizer. Propagate the plant by detaching offshoots and repotting them.Continue Reading
Plant a bromeliad in a shallow pot with a fast-draining potting mix. Use a mixture of one-part sand to two-parts peat-based soil mix or an orchid mix. Be sure that the bottom leaves are level with the soil mix, and give the plant support by packing the soil around it firmly. Place the plant on a bright windowsill in indirect sunlight. Ideal temperatures vary between 55 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
If indoor temperature and humidity are high, water the bromeliad through the central cup in the middle of the leaves. Empty the cup and refill it once a week to flush out salt build-up, dirt and dead insects. If the indoor temperature is cool, water the soil instead of the cup once a week during growing season, and less often in winter.
During growing season, feed the bromeliad liquid fertilizer at half strength. Alternatively, if the plant is watered through the cup, place a single pellet of slow-release fertilizer in the cup once per season.
Some bromeliads die after flowering. However, they produce offshoots called pups at the base of the plant. Once they develop roots, cut off the pups and pot them individually.