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Guzmania is a beautiful indoor plant.
In summary, what you need to know:
Last name : Guzmania
Family : Bromeliad
Type : Houseplant
Height : 30 to 40 cm indoors
Exposure : Bright but without direct sunlight
Foliage : Persistent -Flowering : End of winter or summer
Native to Central America and the West Indies, it is cultivated for its foliage and beautiful flower. Here are all of our maintenance tips.
Planting, repotting guzmania
Guzmania is a plant that needs sufficiently rich and well-drained soil to thrive. A special bromeliad potting mix turns out to be a better solution for guzmania.
- Guzmania develops very few roots, which is why a small diameter pot (about 10 cm) is sufficient.
- We only repot when we want to separate the suckers
When repotting guzmania:
If you want to repot your guzmania by separating the suckers from the mother plant
- The roots of guzmania dread excess water.
- Make sure the new pot is well drilled at the bottom.
- Improve drainage by placing at the bottom of the pot a bed of gravel or clay balls to facilitate the flow of water.
- A good soil is necessary, ideally special bromeliad.
- The plant, when it lives indoors, needs potting soil because only it will provide it with the nutrients it needs.
- Low but constant humidity is necessary while misting the foliage regularly.
The pot should be placed on a bed of constantly wet gravel, pebbles or clay balls. The evaporation of this water will bring some ambient humidity to your guzmania
Guzmania needs a temperature between 18 and 24 °, but which must never drop below 13 °
The temperature of a house or apartment is therefore ideal for growing Guzmania.
The best place to install your guzmania is also a place where there is no direct sunlight.
- He dreads the sun's rays when they land directly on the guzmania
It therefore needs good light but without direct sunlight
- Absolutely avoid the proximity of a heat source such as a radiator as this tropical plant needs humidity.
- East or west exposure is often ideal for guzmania
Watering guzmania and fertilizer
Regular but moderate watering is necessary because the guzmania does not require not much water.
In spring and summer:
Hold the slightly moist potting soil and make sure that the water flow is correct.
Bring someliquid plant fertilizer green every month or so to prolong flowering to a minimum
- Water from above and ideally with water at room temperature
- Leave a little water in the funnel formed by the leaves, the rosette. Only a few drops a day are enough.
- Empty this reserve when the temperature drops below 18 °
In order to maintain a certain humidity, it is best to place the pot on a bed of clay balls with water at the bottom.
By regular misting or by placing the plant pot on a bed of wet logs you recreate the humidity conditions of its natural environment.
In autumn and winter:
Reduce watering so as to wait for the soil is dry on the surface between 2 waterings.
Stop adding fertilizer.
The most common diseases of houseplants, red spider mites, cochineal, the aphids but also thepowdery mildew
- If the leaves are fading, it's probably a lack of fertilizer.
- If the lower leaves turn brown or yellow, it is probably overwatering.