Christiane Bromeliad

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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 Know 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 Know 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 Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 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 Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 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 Know 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 Know 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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Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

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We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

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1 Review - Christiane Bromeliad Show Reviews

  • 5
    Growing nicely.

    Posted by Lydia Jameson on Dec 15, 2022

    I'm so pleased with my purchase of the Christiane Bromeliad. It has been a nice size and growing nicely in my office. I bought it at a great price and it looks even better than in the photo.