Vriesea Lacy is a tank plant, which means that the plant creates a natural water reservoir with its leaves. In nature, many organisms can live in this tank. Insects live near the water's edge and lay their eggs in the water of the tank, the plant can absorb 70% of its nutrients from the leaves. In nature, the plant lives on insects and leaves that decompose in the tank. Its roots are used more to secure itself to a tree or rock on which the plant can then grow. Nutrients are absorbed by the roots from the water passing by.