Light: Neoregelia Red Waif is best grown in partial shade. Light is a very important factor to consider when growing Neoregelia as this in most cases effects the coloration of the foliage. Generally, plants with tough leathery leaves enjoy a lot of sun, while plants with softer leaves prefer partial or dappled shade.
Soil: Generally, Bromeliads which grow terrestrially, require good drainage and like to grow in soil which is airy and fast draining. We recommend the addition of compost or fine bark to the planting area. When growing your plant in containers, it is also important to ensure that your soil is light, airy and free draining. A combination of a good quality potting soil with the addition of either palm peat, fine pine bark, river gravel, perlite or vermiculite is recommended.
Watering: Many Bromeliads are surprisingly water wise. When watering, water your plant thoroughly, then allow to dry out before watering again. Always ensure that there is water in your Bromeliad’s tank, cup or reservoir. The frequency of watering will vary according to the season. Remember if you are unsure as to whether to water or not, rather keep the plant on a drier side as overwatering can lead to fungal problems which can kill a plant quickly. Plants grown epiphytically will require more frequent watering particularly during very hot spells.
Fertiliser: Use a balanced water-soluble fertilizer at half the recommended strength once a month during spring and summer.
Temperature: Most Neoregelia hybrids can tolerate minimum winter temperatures of just above 0 degrees Celsius.
The plant is currently growing in a 10 cm plastic pot. It will be supplied bare root (without a pot or soil). Although our plants are grown under the same conditions and we carefully handpick your plant to ensure the best quality possible, no two plants are identical. Also, the colours of plants can vary according to the season. The plant supplied will be similar to the plant photographed.