Neoregelia Carolinae ‘Tricolor’
Neoregelia carolinae gets the name Blushing Bromeliad due to the way
the leaves in the center of the plant turn bright red as the plant
begins to bloom.
The flower itself is not showy, staying
hidden deep inside the crown.
Foliage is green and white striped turning a bright pinkish-red near
the center for several months. This is a sign that the plant is
The blooms are not visible, they are hidden deep within the
crown. This Bromeliad variety is popular plant during the holiday
season due to its colorful appearance when in bloom.
The colored vase lasts for a few months, followed by the parent
fading as it makes way for three or more offsets.
The offsets are ready
to be propagated when the parent plant dies back.
Full-sized Neoregelia carolinae grow to 25 in/62.5 cm wide and 12 in/30
cm tall. They are broad, flat-topped bromeliads.
The best environment is warm and humid – a sunroom or greenhouse that
receives bright sunlight and is kept humid at all times.
Carolinae ‘Tricolor’ (Blushing Bromeliad) Plant Care Tips
This bromeliad prefers bright light with a ½ day of direct sun
year-round. It can be planted in the ground in a sunny, humid location
outdoor during the summer.
Average to warm temperatures year-round (65 - 80° F / 18 - 27° C).
Avoid temperatures below 50° F / 10° C.
Feed monthly with high phosphorus, low-nitrogen fertilizer diluted to ½
the normal strength. Apply fertilizer to leaves, roots, and reservoir.
Roots should be lightly moist. Replace the water in the reservoir every
ten days – more often in the warm summer months. High humidity (above
50%) is ideal for this bromeliad.
Potting soil amended with 1/3 peat moss, or African Violet soil.
Propagate offsets when the parent plant fades. Pups usually
have very sparse root systems. Keep newly potted offsets in a warm,
humid enclosure. Placing them in a roomy plastic bag accelerates the
Repot annually in the spring until the bromeliad fills a 5 in / 12.5 cm
Individual plants live three to four years.
There are a variety of hybrids available. Most have cream stripes
lengthwise down the strap-like leaves.
Uses and Display Tips
Give Cartwheel plants plenty of space because of its large, spreading
growth habit. Since it is best viewed from above, display on a low
windowsill or plant stand.