4.7 out of 5 (16 experiences)
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! 💧
Also known as
Silver Vase Plant and Vase Plant
How to care for Urn Plant
How often to water your Urn Plant
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.
Water 0.5 cups every
Check the growing potential in your area
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
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
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.
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!
Urn Plant thrives in dry soil and should be watered sparingly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.
Urn Plant requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.
Urn Plant is not known to cause harm to humans or pets. Regardless, if you, a family member, a cat, or dog has ingested any plant material, please consult a doctor or a veterinarian.
Urn Plant prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.
Urn Plant does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!
Urn Plant grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!
Urn Plant is native to Central, South America, and the Caribbean.
Yes, you may see your Urn Plant bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.
Urn Plant grows in a rosette pattern, with leaves neatly arranged in a circle. New growth will emerge from the center.
USDA Hardiness Zone
Urn Plant can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10a-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.
Urn Plant can be propagated by division into new individual plants.
- Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
- If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
- Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
- Repot the parent plant back into its original pot
Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.
Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in Urn Plant, since they are very sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.
Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!
Care Summary for Urn Plant
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
*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.