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 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 with a sharp knife. Hydrate in a solution of water and commercial floral preservative / 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.