Plant Care Flaming Sword Bromeliad

Flaming Sword Bromeliad

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Flaming Sword Bromeliad has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Flaming Sword Bromeliad has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves

About Flaming Sword Bromeliad

The Flaming Sword Bromeliad 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 fiery 'bracts' and the plant only produces tiny yellow '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! 💧


Lutheria splendens

Also known as

Vriesea splendens

How to care for Flaming Sword Bromeliad


How often to water your Flaming Sword Bromeliad

Water needs for Flaming Sword Bromeliad
0.5 cups
every 12

Flaming Sword Bromeliad 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 Flaming Sword Bromeliad

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Flaming Sword Bromeliad in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Flaming Sword Bromeliad: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Flaming Sword Bromeliad may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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How to fertilize Flaming Sword Bromeliad

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Flaming Sword Bromeliad: 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 Flaming Sword Bromeliad after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Flaming Sword Bromeliad 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 Flaming Sword Bromeliad

Flaming Sword Bromeliad

Flaming Sword Bromeliad

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 3ft 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

Flaming Sword Bromeliad has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 6
Flaming Sword Bromeliad has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 5
Flaming Sword Bromeliad has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 3
Flaming Sword Bromeliad has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 3
Flaming Sword Bromeliad has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 2
Flaming Sword Bromeliad has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
@ella._.frd avatar
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 208 XP

it rots quickly :(

Browns easily Browns easily
Nick avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 243 XP

Picked up this plant when the buds were already dry and crispy so have trimmed accordingly and in the process of attempting to bring it back to life. Needs more water than Greg recommended and good to have a reservoir of water at the bottom of the pot to keep soil moist and encourage root growth. Despite this, the leaves are currently curled up so giving the plant a full soak to rehydrate then adjust watering accordingly.

@Michaklos avatar
leaf-1 32 Plants
xp 2,394 XP
globe Dundee, Scotland

Even though Zoey looks lovely, she browns so easily. I’ve tried the window, near the window, nowhere near a window etc and she’s never happy.

Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 110 Plants
xp 2,758 XP

I’m totally a person who loves unique things and this plant is one of them. A new member to my gazebo tribe of plants, she gets a bit of afternoon sun as it passes through the day.

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leaf-1 19 Plants
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globe Lake Forest, CA

Research how to water this plant!!

Survivor Survivor

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