There are thousands of bromeliads. Some look like aloe, and others look like common grass. While flowers are possible, it is not a guarantee, as some of these plants don't blossom, or others only blossom once before dying. Bromeliads are exotic and can bring a touch of the tropics in your home. The beauty is that they are typically low maintenance and easy to grow. There are many to choose from; it just depends on how much room you want to give them.


1. Types of Bromeliads

There are three basic types of bromeliads: saxicolous, terrestrial, and epiphytic. Saxicolous bromeliads grow in rocks. Their roots find water and nutrients in the cracks and fissures, and they tend to grow on sheer cliff faces. Terrestrial species grow in the ground, like regular plants, and you can find them in a variety of areas, such as on beaches or shaded forest floors. Epiphytic bromeliads grow on other plants and even on telephone lines. They get their nutrition and moisture from the atmosphere, so they aren't considered parasites.

Saxicolous terrestrial epiphytic DebraLee Wiseberg / Getty Images

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