Guzmania conifera

Guzmania conifera
Guzmania conifera

Probably one of the best smaller growing bromeliads Guzmania conifera is easy care and has a wonderful orange flower that appears in summer to autumn.

Commonly called the Cone-Head Guzmania, this is a variety mainly grown a a house plant. Indeed it is well suited to growing in a pot or container. Guzmania conifera has lovely long grey green foliage and a flower spike that rises above in summer. The tall flower that can reach a height of 1m (3ft) appears as large orange cone and is long lasting.

In warmer areas Guzmania conifera can be grown in the garden, again a position is indirect or filtered light is best, a free draining soil is requires. Outdoors plant hardiness zones: 10-13.

Guzmania conifera Care

  • A position in bright filtered light is best for Guzmania conifera.
  • Keep away from cold drafts if growing indoors and try to provide some humidity.
  • Try a saucer of water beneath the pot, with the pot sitting on pebbles above it, or maybe a a fine misting spray.
  • Like most brooms water during the period of active growth and allow to be fairly dry during the winter dormancy.
  • Fertilizer with a 1/2 strength liquid seaweed fertilizer during summer, every 2 weeks.

Summary Information

  • Botanical Name : Guzmania conifera
  • Common Name : Cone-Head Guzmnaia
  • Family Name : Bromeliaceae
  • USDA Zone : 9b – 13 Outdoors
  • Height : To around 36 inches
  • Spread : To around 24 inches
  • Growth Rate : Medium to fast
  • Flower colour – Orange/Red and Yellow.
  • Flowering Time – Winter to Spring depending on the zone
  • Soil : Humus rich, moist and well drained
  • Light : Light shade.
  • Humidity : Medium
  • Container Growing : Yes
  • Frost Tolerance : No
  • Drought Tolerant : No