You’ll find this bromeliad in South American rainforests, but you’ll have to look up to see it. It grows in the branches of trees, not on the ground. Unusually, its roots aren’t really for feeding. They’re primarily for gripping on to trees. It absorbs water and nutrients through its central well, which is vividly coloured.
It’s not a hard plant to take care of, but it is particular about its needs. It likes to be moist, but not wet. Water into the centre, rather than at the roots. This might seem odd but it makes it quite easy to tell when it needs watering. It likes its well about a quarter full. It also prefers filtered water as tap water can be a bit hard. Giving the well a rinse once a month will prevent bacteria.
It might take a little more care than most houseplants, but look at it. Totally worth it.
Did you know?
Some species of frog use bromeliad wells as a place to lay eggs and raise their babies (in the wild, not in your living room).