Billbergia nutans is a beautiful and unusual houseplant that grows easily both inside and outside in warmer climates.
Billbergia is a type of bromeliad that is often grown as an indoor plant. Since it comes from South America, it can grow outside in tropical and subtropical climates. People think there are about 50 different kinds of Billbergia, but Billbergia nutans is one of the most well-known and grown kinds.
The Billbergia nutans is not hard to take care of, and it will give you unusual and delicate flowers for a long time.
How the plant is made up
On a mature plant, the long, narrow, light green or silvery grey leaves can reach 1 m and grow from rosettes at the plant’s base. Its roots aren’t very spread out, so you can use a small pot to make a pretty big display—just make sure it doesn’t fall over.
There are a lot of strange and pretty flowers.
The tiny tubular flowers are a mix of pink, blue, green, and yellow. They grow from pink bracts, and the clusters of flowers hang from a thin stem like a pendant. The bracts still look bright pink even after the flowers have opened.
Growing the Billbergia as an indoor plant
Billbergia nutans needs a lot of natural light and can also handle some direct sunlight. If kept in a room with a temperature between 18 and 24 degrees, it will bloom for many months of the year. The plant will also do well in cooler areas of the interior, but the time it takes to bloom will be different.
How to Take Care of Your Billbergia as an Indoor Plant
The soil needs to be watered regularly, but each time it should be left to dry out. A general liquid feed once every few weeks will be helpful, especially when the plant is flowering. These plants don’t usually get sick, and you never have to prune them.
How to Grow a Billbergia Plant Outside
Billbergia nutans can be grown outside in well-drained soil or in pots on a terrace or patio in warmer climates. But you have to remember that they can be hurt by frost.
The pictures in this article show a plant that grows on the Costa de Sol in southern Spain. It is about 5 years old and was bought as a small, unnamed clump at a garage sale. It gets full sun, gets wet when it rains, is watered during the summer, and is fed once a month. In exchange, it has beautiful flowers that bloom from late winter through many months.
How to Make Billbergia Grow
Friends will be happy to get a small clump from a big plant, which is easy to do by dividing it or making “offsets” from the base. From past experience, this is best done after the plant has bloomed.
The Billbergia nutans is a pretty plant that doesn’t need much care, and when it blooms, it gets people talking. It does well as a houseplant in cooler climates, but in the south, it can live in the garden or decorate a patio or terrace and bloom for a long time with very little care.