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  • Pet Safe
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light, Low Light)
  • Average Watering Needs
  • Mature Height 4-6 feet

The Christiane Bromeliad (Vriesea spp.) is a tank Bromeliad boasting a long-lasting central inflorescence of tightly layered scarlet bracts atop a rosette of broad, arching green leaves. Bromeliads are interesting plants to care for, acquiring water from the “tanks” in between their leaves rather than through their roots. Though they bloom once in their lifetime, Bromeliads produce “pups” from their base, allowing their beauty to live on through the additional plants it produces. 

Best Locations For Growing Christiane Bromeliad

The Christiane Bromeliad thrives in a variety of lighting conditions, especially medium to bright indirect light. Place this Bromeliad in a bathroom, kitchen, or living room to add a tropical touch to the space. As an epiphyte, these peculiar plants can exist outside of soil, creatively mounted onto driftwood or hanging in a moss-wrapped kokedama ball. Bromeliads are non-toxic, making them a great addition to a home with children and pets. 

Christiane Bromeliad Sunlight Requirements

Bromeliads are native to the tropics, growing on the forest floor or attached to the sides of trees where they receive dappled sunlight and plenty of humidity. Place this Bromeliad in front of a north- or east-facing window, or farther away from a south- or west-facing window, avoiding direct afternoon sun. The more light a Bromeliad receives, the higher its need for humidity and the more vibrant its color.

Christiane Bromeliad Care

Do not let the fact that Bromeliads only bloom once deter you from the Christiane Bromeliad. After its months-long colorful display, continue to water and provide the mother plant with ample indirect light to encourage the production of “pups”. These baby Bromeliads will emerge from the base of the mother plant, eventually producing their own roots with the ability to grow on their own, blooming after 1-3 years. Once the pups are about ½ the size of the mother, they can be repotted into an airy potting medium made for Bromeliads or consisting of equal parts peat moss, perlite, and orchid bark. Bromeliads like a bit of extra humidity, so mist the leaves regularly, provide a pebble tray, or place near a humidifier. 

Watering Christiane Bromeliad 

Tank Bromeliads are epiphytic, meaning their roots are used more to anchor the plant in place than for absorbing water. For this reason, Christiane Bromeliad receives most of its water through the space in between its broad, flat leaves, called “tanks”. To water, fill the tanks with water, replacing the water every couple of weeks to empty out any debris that may collect there. Ideally, use rainwater or distilled water, or leave tap water out for at least 24 hours to reduce the amount of salts in the water. Keep the potting medium that the plant is in consistently moist but not overly wet.

Feeding Christiane Bromeliad

Bromeliads benefit from regular foliar feeding in the spring and summer. Using a spray bottle, dilute a slightly acidic liquid fertilizer to ¼ the recommended strength and spray the leaves of the Christiane Bromeliad. Repeat this process one to two times a month during the growing season. 

Christiane Bromeliad Information

Light Exposure: Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light, Low Light
Care Requirements: Easy
Watering Requirements: Average - Keep lightly moist. When the top 2 inches of the soil dries out.
Pet Friendly: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Air Purifier: Low
Habit: Clumping
Growth Rate: Slow
Mature Height: 4-6 feet
Mature Spread: 4-6 feet
Flowering: Yes
Flower Color(s): Red, Yellow
Flower Shade/Description: Red, Yellow
Fragrant: Yes
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Green, Yellow
Foliage Description: Pale Green or Yellowish
Temperature: 60° - 80°F (16° - 27°C)
Humidity: Average (40% - 60%)
Common Name: Christiane Bromeliad
Other Name(s): Bromeliad Vriesea Christiane, Flaming Sword
Scientific Name: Vriesea 'Christiane'
Plant Type: House Plant

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Known As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Known As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months - 1 year
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Known As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 3 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 - 4 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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