Guzmanias perform best when grown in pots in a shadehouse, although a few of the hardier ones will be happy in well shaded, damp areas in a garden. 

Guzmanias prefer to be spaced out so that the leaves of plants are just touching each other.  (If the bottom leaves of a plant are dying off, they are probably too crowded).  This density helps to achieve good air circulation which Guzmanias strongly prefer due to their epiphytic nature.

Because these are tropical plants, they benefit from moderate-to-high humidity.  If kept indoors, a light mist daily will keep your Guzmania looking its best.

The absence of spines make these plants desirable for growers who dislike prickly plants and need colour to enhance their potted plant collections.