The two main needs of Guzmania lingulata plants are: heat and high humidity. They are planted in late spring or early summer, in pots of about 10 cm, using a mixture of coarse sand, loam of leaves and osmunda in equal parts, in a bright area but not exposed to direct sunlight, especially during the hottest hours of the day.
During the summer we recommend watering abundantly, while in the winter it is better to keep the compost just moist. If possible, it is advisable to use rainwater. It is good to keep the central rosette full of water because it constitutes the water reserve of the plant. During the vegetative period it is good to administer fertilizer for plants every 15/20 days.
The ideal temperature for this plant is around 20 ° C, although it can easily withstand temperatures around 30 ° C, while it does not survive temperatures below 10 ° C.
To obtain new specimens of this type of plant it is possible to proceed with the division of the shoots; leave the basal shoots attached to the plant until they have rooted. In April they can be detached from the mother plant and repotted using a compound of sand, soil and bark.
New plants usually begin to bloom after a period of one year to 3 years.
It is also possible to proceed with multiplication by seed, arranging the seeds in a compound formed by peat and a part of sand; the containers must be placed in a protected environment with a temperature of about 25 ° C. After about three months, when the seedlings have acquired the necessary strength, they can be transplanted.