Bromeliad Blossom

Common Names: Bromeliad Blossom

Botanical names: Bromeliad

Availability: Year round

Vase life: 3 weeks or more

Storage temperatures: 55 - 70 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: No

Description: A rosette of colorful spiked leaves on the end of a stalk rising from the center of the bromeliad plant.

Color: Vibrant fire colors, red, orange and yellow

Botanical facts: Bromeliads are a member of the Bromeliaceae family. There are over 3,950 species in this family. Other members of this family include Spanish Moss and the Pineapple. Once harvested in the wild, Bromeliads are now cultivated in greenhouses.

Design notes: Both the leaves and the blossom of the Bromeliad are striking and colorful. The blossom can make a dramatic statement in a tropical flower arrangement

Purchasing hints: Generally available as full plants some growers are now growing and harvesting the blossoms for use by floral designers. However the blossoms are rarely found because the plant takes several years to mature and the plant blooms only once in its lifetime. Most designers needing the blossom purchase the plant and then harvest the blossom.

Conditioning: Cut stem ends with a sharp knife. Hydrate in a solution of water and commercial floral food for two hours before storage or usage.

Additional notes: Native to tropical South America. Bromeliads often have both striking foliage as well as flowers. A Bromeliad will only bloom once throughout its lifespan.