Plant Care Urn Plant

Urn Plant

4.7 out of 5 (16 experiences)

Urn Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Urn Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves

About Urn Plant

The Urn Plan is a tropical bromeliad, and one of the most popular ones in cultivation. The colorful blooms in the center of the plant are actually made up of pink 'bracts' and the plant only produces small purple 'true' flowers just before it dies. In the wild, they collect rainwater in the center of their bracts so next time you water, try to mimic nature and leave a small pool for them to drink! 💧


Aechmea fasciata

Also known as

Silver Vase Plant and Vase Plant

How to care for Urn Plant


How often to water your Urn Plant

Water needs for Urn Plant
0.5 cups
every 12

Urn Plant needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Urn Plant

Water 0.5 cups every

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Urn Plant in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Urn Plant: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Urn Plant love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Urn Plant does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Urn Plant in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Urn Plant

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Urn Plant: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Urn Plant after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Urn Plant is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Native Region
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors
Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Urn Plant

Urn Plant

Urn Plant

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Urn Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 8
Urn Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 5
Urn Plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 4
Urn Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 3
Urn Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
@Sundust avatar
leaf-1 15 Plants
xp 1,445 XP

Good hardy plant, love all the colors.

Survivor Survivor
@cierracarty avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 452 XP
globe Philadelphia, PA

Blooms beautifully but unfortunately only once in its lifetime. Strong, easy to care for plant!

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@Petter avatar
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 54 XP
globe Stockholm, Stockholms län

Very cool looking flower!

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
@Nerskine avatar
leaf-1 23 Plants
xp 3,093 XP

The most chill plant I have.

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
@sarahsalith avatar
leaf-1 457 Plants
xp 217,691 XP
globe Memphis, TN

*These plants sit on my mantle in a west-facing living room. I water them when the soil is dry and swap them from one side to the other when I water them. I have never fertilized them.*

These plants and I tolerate each other. I leave them alone and they leave me alone. These are pups that came from a gorgeous bromeliad that I had almost three years ago. The mother plant was beautiful and pinkish-purple. Once she flowered, I couldn't bring myself to just toss her in the compost pile. She sat sadly on my piano for over a year and pushed out these two pups. I potted them when they were large enough to detach them from the mother plant.

The mother plant got worse over the next year and I finally said good bye to it. She left me with these two guys that have sulked on my mantle ever since. Maybe I'll fertilize them, then they might be happier. Until then, I think they are still holding a grudge that I composted their mother.

Survivor Survivor

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