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Guzmania plants are tropical perennials from the Bromeliaceae family known for their colorful star-shaped flower bracts. There are actually over 120 different types of Guzmania, and they're all native to South America.
The most popular varieties sold as houseplants are Guzmania sanguinea and Guzmania lingulata.
These plants are hardy and easy to grow, showing wonderful coloring even with very little maintenance. This makes them a wonderful easy-care houseplant choice and is sure to attract attention as a display piece.
This plant doesn't like to have too much water. You can pour water (preferably distilled water or rainwater) into its central cup and replace it every now and then in order to help prevent rot.
Guzmania plants have relatively shallow roots, meaning that they are well-suited to smaller sized pots. If the pot is too deep or the soil mix isn't well-draining enough, your Guzmania may start to look unhappy, as they don't want to be sitting in too much water. You can buy Bromeliad-specific potting mix for the best possible results.
Unlike other colorful plants, Guzmania doesn't actually need much light. In fact, they'll do quite well in low light conditions, and too much harsh sunlight can be damaging to your plant. They don't adapt well to direct sunlight, so make sure to protect yours from excessive light exposure.
As a tropical plant, Guzmania appreciates humidity, so can benefit from being regularly misted. It's also important that you don't place yours too near to a heat source or A.C. unit / vent, as this will cause the plant to dry out.
Guzmania plants are epiphytic, meaning that they can grow directly on top of other plants or trees without having a negative or parasitic effect on the host plant. This is because their roots are able to take nutrients from the air, so they don't leach anything from other plants.
Their bright flowers can come in a range of colors depending on the specific variety. Example shades include orange, yellow, red, pink or even a deep purple color.