Few families in the plant kingdom surpass bromeliads with their wide variation in size, shape, and foliage color. Many bromeliads adapt to growing conditions found indoors and, therefore, make excellent interior plants. Bromeliads are in the pineapple family (Bromeliaceae), a family native to the American Tropics. Two widely known members of this family are pineapple (Ananas comosus) and Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides).
Plants in the family Bromeliaceae vary widely in shape, size and color. Even species of a single genus often differ drastically in appearance. Most bromeliads cultivated for interior use, however, are alike: without stems and with a central flower spike and strap-shaped, leathery, arching leaves arranged in a rosette. Most species are grown primarily for their colorful foliage and exotic shapes.
The majority of bromeliads grown as interior plants are epiphytes. In their native habitats, they attach by special root structures to trunks and branches of trees and derive their moisture and nutrients from the air and rain. Some are called saxicolous because they attach themselves to rocks, while the rest are terrestrial and grow in the ground as most plants do. Within the same genus there are sometimes tree-dwelling, ground-dwelling, and rock-dwelling species. In fact, epiphytic and terrestrial bromeliads can often thrive equally well if forced to switch places and life styles. It is this ability, in particular, that allows many epiphytic species of bromeliads to be grown in pots like most other plants.
For our interior world the most commonly cultivated Genera are Aechmea, Guzmania, Neoregelia, Tillandsia, and Vriesea. From these we have the ability to select a wide variety of growth patterns, coloration, and plant longevity to meet any needs.
From this selection we can tailor your color rotation program specifically to your requirements, with long lasting, beautiful tropical bromeliads.
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