A flaming sword as a houseplant: care tips

A flaming sword as a houseplant: care tips

How Often Should the Flaming Sword be Cast?

The Flaming Sword always prefers a moderately moist plant substrate, which is why you should water sparingly every few days. You can also spray the entire plant with a fine mist of water. Especially during the warm summer time, you can also fill some water into the funnel formed from the leaves (4.63 € on Amazon *) of the plant. However, this procedure must be stopped as soon as a flower forms. When watering, rainwater with little lime content or water softened with a water filter should always be used.

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What should be considered when repotting the Flaming Sword?

Since this type of plant only flowers once, the question of repotting older specimens does not really arise. As is customary with the bromeliads, the children used for reproduction are carefully separated after about six to nine months and placed in their own planter.

Are there pests that are particularly common in the Flaming Sword?

If the room air is too dry, an infestation with the dreaded spider mite can sometimes worsen quite rapidly. Take precautions and also ensure optimal site conditions by keeping the humidity high by spraying the Flaming Sword with soft water.

What diseases or care errors do the Flaming Sword regularly encounter?

The following factors must be taken into account for the Flaming Sword for optimal growth:

  • a not too sunny location
  • soft irrigation water
  • the correct pouring interval
  • a temperature averaging more than 15 degrees Celsius

The soil in the pot should never dry out completely with the Flaming Sword, otherwise the tips of the leaves can turn brown quite quickly. If water remains in the plant's funnel too often, problems with rot can arise.

How can you optimally supply the Flaming Sword with fertilizer?

As is the case with some other bromeliad species, the Flaming Sword does not have a high nutritional requirement. It is therefore sufficient if a small ration of fertilizer (ideally in liquid form with the irrigation water) is administered approximately once a month between April and September.

What should the ideal winter quarters for a Flaming Sword be like?

Even in winter, the Flaming Sword should not be cooler than around 15 degrees Celsius and be sufficiently bright. Even without the conspicuous flower, the plant with its leaves can still be attractive and at least serve as a mother plant for the growth of several children.


The flaming sword, like the dragon tree, is suitable for uncomplicated care as a hydroponics.