These instructions are sent with the plant gift
Keep your Vriesea Astrid out of direct sunlight as this will damage the leaves. They like bright but diffused light and a constant warm temperature (minimum 15°C). The increased humidity in kitchens and bathrooms make these both ideal locations. Your plant will also be happy on a sheltered, sunny patio or balcony during the summer months. These plants feed through their leaves and so mist them regularly especially during the summer months. In the winter and autumn only water very occasionally and only when the soil is very dry. The key thing is to allow the plant to dry out before watering again.
Remove the bracts once they have died off and you can propagate your plant by gently removing the plantlets that will grow at the base of the plant in spring.
Pale leaves indicate that the plant could do with a feed – a good quality liquid house plant fertiliser will be perfect. If the inside leaves go yellow and / or brown the plant has been overwatered. Allow it to dry out completely before watering again.