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Vriesea erythrodactylon, also known as the Flame Vriesea, is a stunning tropical bromeliad that can thrive in a terrarium setting. These care guidelines will help you create an optimal environment for your Vriesea erythrodactylon:

Terrarium Setup:

1. Substrate:

  • Use a well-draining orchid mix or bromeliad mix with a mixture of bark, sphagnum moss, and perlite.
  • Ensure good aeration to prevent waterlogged conditions.

2. Container:

  • Choose a terrarium with adequate ventilation.
  • Opt for a shallow container as Vriesea erythrodactylon has a shallow root system.

3. Lighting:

  • Provide bright, indirect light.
  • A filtered light source, such as fluorescent or LED grow lights, can be used to supplement natural light.

4. Temperature and Humidity:

  • Maintain a temperature range of 65°F to 80°F (18°C to 27°C).
  • Keep humidity levels between 50% and 70%, replicating the plant's natural tropical habitat.


1. Water Quality:

  • Use distilled or rainwater to prevent mineral buildup in the substrate.

2. Watering Frequency:

  • Keep the central cup (the rosette at the center of the plant) filled with water.
  • Water the substrate when it begins to dry out, ensuring it stays consistently moist but not waterlogged.

3. Humidity:

  • Regularly mist the plant to maintain high humidity levels.


1. Fertilization:

  • Use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer, diluted to half strength, during the growing season (spring and summer).
  • Apply fertilizer to the central cup and the substrate.

2. Frequency:

  • Feed the plant every 4-6 weeks during the growing season.


1. Pruning:

  • Remove dead or damaged leaves to encourage new growth.
  • Trim any offsets (pups) once they reach a reasonable size, and transplant them if desired.

2. Air Circulation:

  • Ensure good air circulation to prevent fungal issues.
  • Open the terrarium periodically to allow fresh air in.

3. Pest Control:

  • Monitor for pests such as aphids or mealybugs.
  • Treat any infestations promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil.


1. Timing:

  • Repot if the plant outgrows its container or the substrate becomes compacted.
  • Typically, repotting is done every 2-3 years.

2. Care during Repotting:

  • Be gentle with the roots, and ensure they are not damaged during the process.
  • Use fresh substrate in the new container.

By following these care guidelines, you can create an ideal environment for your Vriesea erythrodactylon in a terrarium, allowing it to thrive and display its vibrant foliage.

Mini bromeliad Vriesea erythrodactylon - Flame vriesea

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