Fireball, right? You’d think it was red; be sure to look at all the photos! Most vendors only show you this bromeliad at its peak, a deep red, but this bromeliad is highly plastic in its coloration; whether we send you a Fireball that’s green, maroon, or somewhere in-between, strong indirect light and warm temps are required to develop and maintain the best red coloration. Neoregelia Fireball is a small stoloniferous bromeliad that was first collected in Brazil decades prior; while self-sterile, it is suspected that it represents an undescribed species, and has been a parent in numerous hybrids.
General Neoregelia Care Information
Summarizing many different sources, Neoregelia Bromeliads are usually grown mounted (epiphytically), although they can be potted in well-draining substrates. There are many ways to mount a bromeliad, the main goal is to prevent movement until new roots can firmly anchor the plant.
On the whole, these tropical plants appreciate humidity and tropical temperatures. Their central “tank” or water storage cup should be periodically flushed with fresh water. They also appreciate air movement. Strong lighting and minimal nutrient availability produces the best color (aka. “growing hard”); coloration will vary in the plants you receive and will change depending on your growing conditions.
Bromeliads produce “pups”, asexually-produced new growths on stolons which ultimately grow into another mature plant. Individual Neoregelia growths can last up to 3-4 years; they will bloom only once (typically small purple flowers that are held within the central cup), and start to fade and die thereafter, leaving behind their pups. Buying pups means the plants you receive are younger and will last longer, while larger plants offer instant gratification and will get you to the pupping stage sooner. General recommendations are that pups should not be removed until they are half the size of the mother plant, and removing pups can encourage more to be produced during the lifespan of the mother plant.
About MiniWaters Vivarium Plants
Any plant whose cultivation condition is denoted as “sanitized” has been put through MiniWater’s bleach treatment and have been held in animal-free conditions following this treatment. While we do not guarantee our plants to be disease and pest free, we believe we are offering the lowest-risk plants possible. We encourage all customers to sanitize any plants they purchase from us, or any other vendor or hobbyist, prior to their use with your animals.
Visit www.MiniWaters.fish/vivplants for further details about how we grow our plants animal-free with organic methodologies while integrated pest management protocols, as well as detailed instructions for our bleach-sanitizing process.