Explore the many-hued, multifarious world of bromeliads with our exclusive photos and read the story of David Shiigi, bromeliad-grower and hydridizer extraordinaire, who serenades his bromeliads with a Hawaiian guitar.
Many of the more than 3,000 bromeliad species thrive both indoors and out and bloom for months at a time. They often have splashy, eye-catching leaves, and quite a few are epiphytes that don’t need soil and instead use their roots more for grabbing something to grow on than for feeding.
Left: Neoregelia ‘Painted Delight’ is one of the easier foliage bromeliads and gets about a foot wide and just as tall. Give it bright light, water only when it’s dry, and if it’s potted, rotate it regularly to maintain the splashy colors.