Neoregelia carolinae grow and care – leaf plant bromeliads of the genus Neoregelia also known as Blushing Bromeliad, Neoregelia carolinae perennial evergreen used as ornamental plant for the colored leaves, can grow in subtropics, mediterranean, tropic climate or as houseplant and growing in hardiness zone 11b+ and with the right overwinter care can grow in hardiness zone 11a.
Leaves color can be: green, pink, white, yellow, red and mostly more than one color, can be different patterns to the colors, with darker line in the middle, leaf linear and sharp in the edge, leaves grow in rosette structure.
How to grow Neoregelia carolinae growing and care:
More than 10C+ (50F) but prefer more than 15C (59F), well-drained soil, moist soil with good drainage and it’s good to let it dry between watering, warm climate, better to use purified water or rain water, soil should be something light and inert like sphagnum moss, because in the nature those plants are mostly air plants live on rocks or crock of tree or air roots in tropical forest with big amount of rains that keep the plants in humidity all time so the plant need high humidity
What is the best way to start growing? Plant / Seed / Vegetative reproduction
Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction? Yes to get the same cultivars
Difficulties or problems when growing: In hot summer the leaves bleaching
Planting season: Spring to summer in hardiness zone 11a, spring to autumn in hardiness zone 11b, all in hardiness zone 12+
Pests and diseases: Mealybugs
Pruning season: All year
How to prune: Dead leaves
Size of the plant: 5-20 cm, 2-8 inches
Growth speed in optimal condition: Medium growing / Slow growing
Water requirement: Average amount of water, need to put water in the middle of the rosette leaves, need humidity and moist, but well ventilated and well-drained soil, like in the nature big amount of rains and the plant that lay down on trees and all the water go away.
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing: Full Shade (with light), a lot of light but without direct sun, because the sun will burn the leaves and the flowers and leave on the burning marks
Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant? Yes, mostly outside of the tropical it is easier to grow it as houseplants because it’s better to grow, no winds enough humidity and it’s easy to give the plant what it need, outside the soil in pot like in a nature that mostly its epiphyte
How to grow and care indoors Choose location with enough light and even with little sun, need to be aware that the plant need to be far away from ventilators, heater and air conditions, possible to grow it in the bathroom, be aware to that because of the high humidity need to use less water.
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers: Yes, because it’s easy to maintain in container or even on cork disconnect from the soil, if you choose to grow on cork or bark as need to keep with higher humidity and moist on the roots, better to cover it with a bark or something that will keep the moist in the roots
Bloom season: Summer / Autumn
General information about the flower Purple or pink flowers, the flowers grow in the inner part of the plant