Bromeliad Vriesea "Nova" Plant Care
|12 Hours filtered light. Some direct sun is OK too, but not all day. Nova do well as house plants too. Here in south FL, we keep our specimen Nova on the south east facing porch and in areas under oaks. They can burn in full sun.|
|Fill the tank and walk away! IF the bromeliad is planted in soil, water the soil just to keep it from drying out. Especially in a pot. If the soil in a pot dries out, your bromeliad can fall out due to it's shallow root structure. No problem, just soak the soil and put the bromeliad back in.|
|Fertilize sparingly if at all. Here in FL, we have plenty of wildlife that fertilize our bromeliad for us. If you fertilize, use a good quality fertilizer specifically for bromeliads.|
From Wikipedia, Vriesea is a genus of the botanical family Bromeliaceae, subfamily Tillandsioideae. The genus name is for Willem Hendrik de Vriese, Dutch botanist, physician (1806–1862). Its species are widespread over Mexico, Central America, South America and the West Indies. Nova is one of the thousands of hybridized cultivars of bromeliad Vriesea.
Vriesea Nova are easily cared for in just about any environment. These plants do prefer warm to hot temperatures, humidity, and air circulation. In zones 9 - 10, these plants can survive outdoors, as long as they are protected from frost and full sun. In other zones, they may be grown in artificial environments, or as house plants, provided they receive 12 hours of filtered or artificial sunlight, air circulation, and water. To water, fill the tank. If in soil, fill the plant tank and water soil just enough to keep it from drying out. They do not require soil, and may be mounted to trees, rocks, wood, or just about any substrate not poisonous to the plant. Vriesea Nova only require occasional fertilization when kept indoors.