A beautiful plant, that doesn't even need soil to grow

Published: May. 21, 2019 at 3:08 PM EDT
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Whether they're in bloom or just hanging out, bromeliads are known for bringing next level color. They're so easy to grow, that many don't even need soil!

Bromeliads are a diverse family of plants which include pineapples and spanish moss. Most are epiphytes which mean they'll grow on trees without any soil needed. There's no harm done to trees with bromeliads on them because these plants only use the trees for support. Bromeliads get their nutrients by storing water in the center of the plant. That's where the leaves make a "cup" which doubles as a refuge for wildlife.

Not every bromeliad is suited for the occasional frosts you'll see in NCFL, which is why IFAS has a demonstration garden filled with bromeliads with plants that have survived the occasional night in the 20s. The garden is maintained by Master Gardener volunteers who share a passion for community service and plants. The Master Gardener program is celebrating it's 40th year in Florida.

Bromeliads thrive in humid environments, but can go a long period of time without water. Their nearly carefree requirements make them a great choice for indoor spots.

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