Guzmania passion plant problems - Please help

Hi everyone!
I'm new to this forum and new to gardening and taking care of plants in general really.
My mother (God rest her) used to take care of a spider plants and stuff when I was a kid but we haven't had any plants in the house since.
We recently got a Guzmania Passion Plant. Here's a pic I found on google which looks like the one we have:
http://www.valleidice.it/Guzmania.jpg
Anyway, I've been trying to look after it but it doesn't seem to be very healthy and I'm really sad about this :( I don't want it to die.
I did some reading on the net when we first got it and found some advice that said things like:
- Keep it in filtered sunlight (not direct sunlight) - Always have water in the cup
And there was some also some conflicting advice from different websites about fertalizer and stuff. We eventually got some tomato fertilizer (on the advice of a guy in a garde centre) and diluted as instructed on the bottle and I've been putting it at the roots every two weeks. There was also some recommendation on using slow-release fertilizers during the winter months but I've found it hard to find these.
The bottom of the leaves went a bit dry and brown. I decided to move it to a place closer to the window so that it gets more sun.
I think it seems a bit healthier now. I can take some pictures if needed.
Please help me look after it. I don't want to let it die.
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Sorry to bump.
But I'm really desperate :(
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Which Web sites did you visit? I just did a quick search under keywords "Guzmania passion plant" and found many sites.
Maybe try again and visit more sites.
Meantime, I hope someone on this NG who has grown the plant will answer you.
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Bump works better if you include the original post or pertinent information: ----- We recently got a Guzmania Passion Plant. Here's a pic I found on google which looks like the one we have:
http://www.valleidice.it/Guzmania.jpg
Anyway, I've been trying to look after it but it doesn't seem to be very healthy and I'm really sad about this :( I don't want it to die.
I did some reading on the net when we first got it and found some advice that said things like:
- Keep it in filtered sunlight (not direct sunlight) - Always have water in the cup
And there was some also some conflicting advice from different websites about fertalizer and stuff. We eventually got some tomato fertilizer (on the advice of a guy in a garde centre) and diluted as instructed on the bottle and I've been putting it at the roots every two weeks. There was also some recommendation on using slow-release fertilizers during the winter months but I've found it hard to find these.
The bottom of the leaves went a bit dry and brown. I decided to move it to a place closer to the window so that it gets more sun.
I think it seems a bit healthier now. I can take some pictures if needed. -----
These plants and Bromeliads in general require very little fertilizer. I think you have probably toxified the soil with the tomato fertilizer. I would repot the plant with and fertilize maybe a couple of times a year with a more dilute solution.
http://www.plantsindesign.com/care_tips.htm
At the very least, flush the soil it is in now with plain water (at least 5 times the volume of the pot) to leach out excess minerals, and don't fertilize for a few months.
Also, they like pretty high humidity, so frequently mist the plant.
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Best of luck to you.
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We have one of those.
When we bought it, it was blooming. What's nice about the plant is that the bloom lasts for months. At least ours did.
Finally the bloom gave out, the plant sent up another whorl of leaves and over a period of about a year, the main plant died away.
I think thats it's natural cycle. The main plant dies after blooming and another one starts.
I've been caring for the new plant for at least a year and I expect another bloom to start since the plant is as large as the original.
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