We got a Guzmania ‘Cherry’ plant yesterday, it is a Bromeliad. Bromeliads are tropical plants that are native to Central and South America. The most popular and only edible Bromeliad is the pineapple.A Bromeliad is an attractively colored houseplant that flowers only once in its lifetime; its flower however, often lasts for three to six months. The plant does not produce seeds and its flower is sterile.
I understand that after the flower is gone, gardeners should cut off the flower stem in the center of the Bromeliad so that the plant will continue to grow.
After the flowering cycle, the mother plant usually dies, but it will have offspring sprouting from its base which are called “pups”.
Gardeners should re-pot these pups when they grow to almost half the size of the mother plant, and fertilize them once their roots have formed. These new Guzmania ‘Cherry’ plant will bloom in about a year. The Guzmania ‘Cherry’ plant is also an epiphyte and it grows well when tied on to pieces of bark; the plant, however still thrives in soil.
The Guzmania should be place in areas where there is good air circulation, and partial shade; it should not be exposed to direct sunlight. This plant requires moderate watering and should only be watered when the soil is dry. Gardeners should use clean water and avoid cold and over chlorinated tap water when watering this plant. I read here that gardeners can encourage flowering in their Guzmanias by dropping a small slice of tomato, apple, or any fruit into the plant’s cup. The decomposition of this fruit will release ethylene gas and induce flowering.