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Q.Hi. Our Alcantarea Bromeliad Has Started Leaning Over. Any Ideas Why? Can I Straighten It?

Zone Coal Point, Lake Macquarie, NSW | pjgrant54@gmail.com added on November 23, 2021 | Answered

Additional info- * planted about 4yrs ago. We are at Lake Macquarie NSW. Plant is 2-3 times planted ice. * Still in original pot (300mm) and planted in the ground. Holes drilled around pot as recommended by nursery. * About 1200mm across at widest pt. * Pot now seems loose in the ground * Plant is leaning away from the sun ie. it’s leaning to the south. Sheltered spot in a courtyard, virtually no wind. Plenty of sun. * A few pups have been cut off ( now not doing great…probably done incorrectly). About 3 tiny pups now appearing. * The plant is home to 2 frogs and has been for a few years. They must be getting nervous. * We planted 3 of these at the same time, in the same area. Other 2 are going well, not leaning, but not as large as this one. Cheers……Phil

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Answered on November 24, 2021

Unfortunately, your photos did not come through. I will only be able to take a few guesses at what is happening. I am unable to see the damage.

Sometimes, this can happen if the plant has not been planted far enough into the ground, or doesn't quite receive enough light, which can cause plants to stretch. This results in leaning. Generally, these plants can handle lower light conditions, just fine, though.

In the meantime, Make sure to fertilize them with a foliar spray, as they take up nutrients through their leaves! This may help them to perk up, some.

Here is an article that will help you with the care of Bromeliads:


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