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Watering the Exotic Vriesea Plant
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Survival Strategy

Most bromeliads, including Guzmania, Tillandsia, and Vriesea, love the warmth of a heated home but suffer if the humidity is low. Plant them in free-draining soil and water them regularly when they're actively growing, reducing the frequency in winter. Don't overwater bromeliads because soggy soil can kill them. To provide humidity, mist them once or twice a week with soft water or rainwater, applied at room temperature.

Water With Care
When watering Vriesea, pour into the central cup formed by the rosette of leaves. Also water the soil to keep it moist.

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