It was three hundred years ago when the first Bromelias were brought to Europe for their intensely colourful flowers. In Europe, growers worked hard to refine Bromelia’s exotic colours and shapes.
The mini Bromelias you have in your home are grown in a 5,5 cm pot. They are representatives of the extended family of Bromeliaceae, that consists of 1600 family members. The family was named after the Swedish doctor Olaf Bromet, who lived from 1639 until 1705. Most of the family members are epiphytes, which means that they seek support for their roots in trees and mountain slopes. They use their hosts only for mechanical support, but are self-supportive when it comes to nutrition and water. One could say that they live off the air.
Bromelia’s leaves form a shaft in the heart of the plant, which serves to collect the water. It also serves as the perfect hiding place for the colourful treefrogs that live in the tropics. That’s the reason why Bromelias are so popular among the inhabitants of the terrarium.
The flowers’ fiery colours make them suitable for any type of interior.
Do not hesitate to put your Bromelias outside on your garden table after May. When you place them just away from midday sunshine, they will look beautiful for the rest of the summer.