Guzmanias are native to wide range of habitats from Florida to the Andean Rainforests.
Light and position in the home
Although Guzmania can tolerate lower light levels, it will be happiest when in a bright spot with indirect light. Preferably near an east or west facing window. Guzmanias are ideal plants for the bathroom, as they love humidity and don't need a lot of daylight to be happy.
Foliage and flowers
The long and narrow leaves of the Guzmania eventually give way to the main attraction: a vibrant star shaped flower bract that, with good care, will last months. If the bract gets damaged you can trim it down to a healthier looking part with a sharp, clean tool.
Room temperatures are ideal for this plant, avoid anything colder than 13C, draughty areas or close to radiators.
Your Guzmania absorbs water though its leaves and rosette (the little funnels where the leaves meet the stem). Apply water to the rosette using lukewarm water, trying your best not to wet the bract (the 'flower'). It is a fairly drought tolerant plant, so avoid overwatering or allowing water to sit in the rosette for long periods. Keep the soil mix slighty moist by watering it ever so often.
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Once it has flowered, your Guzmania will eventually die, as that is its natural lifecycle. However, if cared for properly, the mother plant will start to produce new baby Guzmanias before it does so. Once the bract has died, cut it all off and wait for the new baby plants to grow to about 4 inches before repotting.
This plant is safe and non-toxic to cats and dogs.