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PlantFiles: Bromeliad, Guzmania
Guzmania sprucei

Family: Bromeliaceae (bro-mee-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Guzmania (guz-MAN-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: sprucei (SPROOS-ee-eye) (Info)

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

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Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
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Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for cutting
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive SudieGoodman On Jan 23, 2005, SudieGoodman from Broaddus, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have Bromeliad (Guzmania sprucei) that has not bloomed in 2 years. I'll give it an apple!

Positive RxBenson On Dec 4, 2004, RxBenson from Pikesville, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

Received as a gift, in bloom, three years ago. Dimensions are approx. 14" wide by 16" tall, plus the flowering stalk -- add another 8".
The plant requires reservoirs of water in the vase formed by its leaves. The soil is not much more than an anchor-bed for the plant, but should be kept moist, especially in the winter, so that the living support is not lost to drought.
The flower stalk will last almost indefinitely, as the colorful bracts do not drop/fade when the flowers do.
After the bloom cycle is complete -- and sometimes even without one -- the plant will send out plantlets at the base as the old plant slowly dies away. This takes months... Right now I have three huge 'replacements' for the mother plant, all still stuffed into the original pot!
The leathery green leaves are attractive even without the flower stalk. I grow mine outside* in the summer in coastal NJ, in partial shade.
My mother taught me an old trick for forcing bloom -- fingers crossed. Place a ripe apple in the neck of the vase or beneath the leaves, on the soil, and cover the entire set-up with a big clear plastic bag. In the wild, the plant allegedly requires methane gas to trigger the bloom cycle, and apples give off this gas as they rot. The bag keeps the desired gases near the plant. Then let patience take over...
*NB: Mosquitoes enjoy the little pools for their own vicious purposes....


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Broaddus, Texas
Seattle, Washington

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