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Best Bromeliads for Indoors—Growing Bromeliads Indoors

The Best Indoor Bromeliads

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Bromeliads are wonderful houseplants—they are tolerant of low light, can be watered from overhead in their central cups, and feature beautiful flowers and foliage. Many people discard bromeliads after the bloom is complete, but with a little experience, one bromeliad can easily turn into a whole garden of these tropical plants.

1. Aechmea

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The Aechmea is one of the most resilient and longest-lasting of bromeliads, which might explain why it's also one of the most popular indoor bromeliads. These large, beautiful plants feature striking flowers and bracts that can last up to six months, and they and their offspring can be relatively easily kept for many years. 

2. Guzmania

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The Guzmania bromeliads are available in a striking array of colors, from orange to red and purple to yellow and even white. These hybrids will offer several weeks of color as tabletop plants, and like other popular bromeliads, can be kept as houseplants that will reproduce from "pups" around their base.

3. Neoregelia

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The neoregelia bromeliads seen most often in cultivation are shorter than their showy cousins, without the towering flowering bracts. But these plants frequently have gorgeous foliage that can literally provide months of color. Neoregelia are also slightly more cold hardy than some other bromeliads.  

4. Vriesea

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The Vriesea seen indoors are somewhat strange, but oddly beautiful bromeliads. There are foliage and flowering types available, but the flowering specimens are much more common. These plants feature very colorful, somewhat flat flower bracts with tiny, almost insignificant flowers. Somewhat smaller, they are perfect desktop plants for low-light conditions.

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