Posted 2Y ago by @Ailysa

Watering Bromeliads

Can/Should you bottom water bromeliads? I know they say to water at like the stem, & the water kinda pools where the leaves branch out, & that's nature's design. But, I'm used to bottom watering my plants, & I'm just not sure if I should continue that with Dusty Rose, or not. I'd also hate to begin worrying about fungus gnats πŸ˜† #bromeliad #water #bottomwatering #happyplants #question #planttherapy #pinkquill #pinkquillplant #gnatproblem
2ft to light, direct
6” pot with drainage
Last watered 1 year ago
Best Answer
For bromeliads, I thinks it's best to top water. They usually don't have a big root system and watering them in the cup or near the base gets the water where it needs to go.

That being said, try bottom watering if you want. Just keep an eye on the plant. (: You'll never know till you try.
Bromeliads are basically air plants, some say to soak them, @sarahsalith is correct, you need to keep water the cup in the center of the plant, that's the only way I've ever watered my bromeliads. It's best to use only distilled water or rain water. You can use purified by reverse osmosis water also. Happy growing πŸŒΏπŸŒ±πŸ’ž
I water my two bromeliads in their cups πŸ’§πŸͺ΄πŸ’š they’re thriving and currently growing pups! 😍 and I’ve never had fungus gnat issues with those particular plants of mine!
Unfortunately I have lost mine from overwatering. I wish I had followed the advice as @Sassylimey @saatwood and @sarahsalith had mentioned and only watering the cups.
@Ailysa I agree with both @sarahsalith and @Sassylimey they both have great ideas as always. πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’•πŸ’•πŸŒ±πŸŒ± @saatwood
@Gordo I'm sorry you lost your bromeliads πŸ₯Ή
I hope you get more and have great success growing them. πŸŒΏπŸ’š They're amazing plants πŸ’ž
@KikiGoldblatt thank you, you're also great with help and advice, I appreciate you πŸ₯°πŸ’žπŸ’―
If it’s dusty you should clean it
@Gordo what does watering the cups mean? I just got one as a gift and I want to make sure I water it correctly. Thanks!
@Gingyhouse the cup is where the new growth comes from. It is at the center of the plant and this in nature holds water.