How to Care for Vriesea Plants


Approximately 290 species of Vrieseas exist, and they have grown popular due to their easy care and adaptability to cultivation. Vrieseas are medium-sized plants native to rainforests and have spineless, smooth leaves with yellow flowers. The Vriesea plant is most known for its inflorescence, which looks like a sword that can reach up to 7 feet tall. Vriesea species range in their appearance and characteristics, but can be cared for in generally the same manner. The main key to successfully growing and caring for Vrieseas is maintaining the correct humidity levels.

Things You'll Need

  • Potting soil
  • Drainage dish
  • Pebbles
  • Spray bottle (for misting)
  • Lime-free, water-soluble plant fertilizer
  • Sharp knife (optional)
  • Plant your Vriesea in rich, high-quality potting soil. Use a soil that drains well but absorbs enough water to stay moist. To make your own soil mix, combine 1 part coarse sand or perlite, 1 part garden soil and 2 parts peat.

  • Maintain temperatures between 60 and 85 degrees F. Vriesea plants are tropical, so you’ll need to keep them as indoor plants in most climates. Exposure to bright, indirect sunlight is best.

  • Keep humidity levels high by misting the Vriesea plant with warm water. Place a drainage dish filled with pebbles and water under the pot. Make sure the pot is not sitting directly in the water.

  • Water your Vriesea plant with warm water regularly to keep the soil moist. You can cut back on watering during the winter months.

  • Feed your Vriesea plant every 8 months. Make sure you use a fertilizer that is lime-free and water-soluble.

Tips & Warnings

  • Propagate your Vriesea plants by removing offsets with roots from the main plant with a sharp knife and potting up. Look for offsets with roots attached in the summertime.
  • Good air circulation is also essential to your Vriesea plant’s health. Place your Vriesea in an open space with plenty of air flow.
  • Don’t water your Vriesea plants with cold water or water containing lime. This can harm and even kill the plants.

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