Origin/History: Bromeliaceae. About 2,800 species exist, all but one species native to mild-winter regions of North and South America. Some are native to Florida.

Water: It is often times sufficient to water your bromeliad once a week.

Soil: Feed the plants with a half strength fertilizer every month in the growing season. Water needs are easily met by filling the cup at the base of the leaves.

Light: Four giant varieties that love full- to part-sun include

Temperature: Bromeliads prefer temperatures between 55 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Pet Friendly: Non-toxic, but some individual may have allergic reactions

Setting: Their bloom cycle is affected by day length, temperature, humidity, water, and feeding. You will need to research specific genera and species to determine how best to grow them.