Guzmanias are very showy and with controlled conditions can be produced in mass quantities and then induced to bloom with the aid of chemicals. This makes them attractive to those who are growing for the mass market. However, Guzmanias often are hard for the amateur to keep happy, especially if you keep them as house plants. The demand lots of humidity, water that is low in minerals, bright shade, and no fertilizer. It's no shame to lose one - even if you have years of experience, you may still not be able to do well with a Guzmania! Don't get discouraged - for your next bromeliad try an Aechmea or a Neoregelia.
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