Bilbergia ‘Hallelujah’

Clumping upright bromeliad with dusting of white-pink spatter marks on green purple. Erect flowers have hot pink bracts and indigo flower petals. Pots, tight spaces, good drainage.
height 12–18in
width 1–3ft
tolerates Cool Summers, Heat, Pots
Bromeliads have evolved their unique shape to funnel rainwater into their centers, and then store it there. When watering it is best to simulate this, by watering from above. When indoors, you can water in the center of the crown and allow the water to overflow down into the lower ‘tanks’ and then the roots without getting the area around your plant wet.
exposure Part Sun
drainage In Ground: Cactus Mix, In Pots: Cactus Mix, Orchid Bark
fertilizing Acid 1/2 Strength, All Purpose
origin Hybrid
16–24, H2

Sunset Zones Map

Outdoor Exposure Guide


Full Sun
Six or more hours of sun beams directly landing on the plant's leaves.

Part Shade
Three to five hours of sun beams directly landing on the plant's leaves.

Part Sun
One to two hours of sun beams directly landing on the plants leaves.

Full Shade
The plant is never fully lit by sun beams, but is in a bright spot or has dappled sunbeams playing over the leaves throughout the day.

Deep Shade
The plant never has dappled light on the leaves, and is in a place that feels dim, even on a nice sunny day.


Growing Notes

Suckers from the base to create dense colonies that are easily divided.
Once flower is spent cut the stem of the flower as low as possible in the center of the bromeliad. Later, when that head begins to look ratty it can be removed to make more room for new plants.
Bromeliads are occasionally terrestrial (grow in the ground) but generally are epiphytic, growing on the trunks and branches of trees. Some are lythophytic, growing in the cracks of rock faces. Either way they don’t need much root space and thrive in pots.
Since they are epiphytic, bromeliads are a great choice for mounting on a plank, tree, fence, totem or rock.
Because they are usually growing in tight spots their nutrients come from decaying litter, making them appreciate a light acidic fertilizer.
When planting in the ground take extra care to ensure good drainage. Some ways to do this are by mounding the plants, adding pumice or lava rock to the soil, or even planting nursery cans directly into a basin of pumice to keep their roots constrained.
Avoid planting under trees or other plants that shed a lot, as the litter will collect in the rosettes. If this happens you can flush the tanks out with a garden