Apartment plants

Bromelia leaves


Question: bromelia leaves


What should I do if the leaves of the bromelia become brown?

Answer: bromelia leaves


Dear Jade,
the bromeliads they are monocotyledonous plants native to tropical America, in particular many species are widespread in the humid forests of Brazil; the ideal climate is therefore decidedly different from that in the apartment: try to think of the Amazon, and the warm and saturated climate of humidity. In the apartment the climate is decidedly much more dry, and even wanting too cold, but the 20 ° C that we usually have at home even in winter can be perfect for these plants. Typically, an attempt is made to simulate the humid climate of tropical areas, watering plants more frequently; but a damp soil does not equate to a humid climate; indeed, the bromeliads they do not particularly like a soil that is always wet, and they prefer only sporadic watering, when the soil is very dry, and can also withstand short periods of drought, especially during the winter months, with a few hours of daily sun exposure. So it often happens that the bromeliads grown in the apartment suffer from root rot, caused by a soil kept constantly soaked in water, which does not allow the roots to exchange gaseous with the outside, and promotes the development of fungi and bacteria. It would therefore be appropriate to reduce watering, allowing the soil to dry, while it is advisable to periodically vaporize the foliage; or you can simulate nature, watering the plant not in the ground, but directly filling the glass between the leaves; periodically empty the glass, and fill it with fresh water, possibly rested, so that the limestone has a way to decant and does not go to stain the leaves. That said, bromeliads are not long-lived plants, the central inflorescence carries many flowers, which bloom in succession, when all these little flowers have bloomed, the plant tends to produce basal shoots, which develop by exploiting the root system of the mother plant, which then gradually dries up and dies, leaving space for the new plants, which grow close to them. So, if her bromelia is devoid of floral buds, perhaps the time has come for her to die, to make room for the new generation. In this case, not only the tips of the leaves begin to turn yellow and dry, but whole portions of the leaf should dry up. If the plant suffers due to root rot, the leaves before darkening should turn yellow and lose consistency, becoming almost soft; instead the leaves that are de-sacking in an old specimen, tend to turn yellow remaining leathery, and then they dry up, or darken.