Guzmania has the Chinese name of ‘凤梨花’, which when pronounced into Hokkien, becomes ‘Ong Lai Huai’. ‘Ong Lai’ sounds like ‘Arrival of Fortune’ in Hokkien, hence having a Guzmania plant in your homes during the Lunar New Year signifies the arrival of good fortune. Fortune trio consists of all three colours of Guzmania.
Sunlight: Partial sunlight or full shade
Water: Water enough to keep soil moist. Some water should be placed in the leaf joints to prevent the leaves from drying up, but take note to replace the water in there to prevent mosquito breeding.
Fertiliser: Fertiliser is not required when plants are in bloom.
Plant size: approx. 55cm (75cm with pot) (vary in sizes)
Rootball size: 27cmØ x 20cmH
Pot type: Comes in a brown plastic landscape pot (with drainage holes).
* Product photo shown is for reference only. Actual plant colour, type, size and arrangement may differ from photo.
* Kindly take note when you're purchasing matching pot, the diameter has to be larger than the rootball size.
Soil for Guzmania
Guzmania should be grown in fertilised potting mix. Make or buy a fertilised mix which consist of coco peat moss or coconut fibre (coir), vermiculite or perlite, compost and other ingredients. A lightweight soil for Guzmania plants needs to provide good drainage, hold moisture, and give roots room to grow.
All plants depend on light for their survival, and making sure your plants get the right amount of light is key to keeping them happy. For both indoor and outdoor containers, group plants with similar light requirements. Don't mix shade lovers with sun lovers in a single pot; one or both of them will be unhappy, depending on where you place the pot.