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Questions About Bromeliad

Asked by
Cherokee181 on
April 14, 2011

Q. Bromeliad

What would cause the center of my Bromeliad to turn brown and die, while the rest of the plant is still green? And the new growths that are coming up at the base of the plant, should they be transplanted from the main plant into different pots?

Answered by
Heather on
April 17, 2011
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It sounds as though your bromeliad has finished blooming and is now entering the natural process of dying. After a bromeliad has bloomed, it will never bloom again, though the green leaves can hold on for some time. Also, after a bromeliad has bloomed, it will produce pups that can be removed once they get to be a few months old. These can be replanted and they will bloom in about a year or so.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 22, 2011

Q. Bromeliad

My bromeliad had the middle red leaf, which dried up and died, and now the new centers that grow are never red. It’s a healthy plant.

Answered by
Nikki on
May 23, 2011
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Asked by
Anonymous on
February 22, 2012

Q. Getting More Bromeliad Blooms

I bought a lovely bromeliad plant from a local reputable nursery and the blooms lasted a long time. The original part of the plant died off slowly but new ‘stems’ emerged. They look healthy and are placed near a north-facing patio window in my home. I water into the tips as suggested but would love to get new pink blooms on the tips. Am I expecting too much?

Answered by
clutterbuns on
February 23, 2012
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No your not expecting too much. It is quite normal for the parent plant to die off and several pups to emerge from the base. When they mature they should all produce a colorful pink bloom although maybe not all at the same time. It sounds like your caring for it properly by keeping water in the center cup at all times. Just make sure you don't keep the soil soggy. Let it dry out between waterings. They absorb water from the air so since it is dry indoors it would help to spray or mist it daily if you can. I hope I helped. Good growing, Brenda

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Asked by
lsd on
May 14, 2012

Q. can i put a bromeliad plant outside in the summer time

I just got the plant for Mother’s Day. Don’t really know a lot about it. Please help, as it was a gift.

Answered by
Nikki on
May 14, 2012
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Yes, you can let is spend summers outdoors, but I would bring it back inside once temps begin to drop in autumn for overwintering. This article should help with caring for your plant: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/bromeliad/growing-bromeliad-plants.htm

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Asked by
marj57 on
October 13, 2014

Q. why are the leaves on my bromeliad turning black or dark green

This plant is getting lots of indirect sunlight. I keep the cup full of water. I have checked several websites about this plant and I cannot find why the leaves are turning dark green and black. I have gotten and am still getting new leaves right where the cup of the plant is. I would appreciate all the help I can get. Thank you everyone for all your time and patience.

Answered by
marj57 on
October 22, 2014
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thank you very much for the answer to my question and i really appreciate your help.

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Answered by
theficuswrangler on
October 14, 2014
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I'm gathering that your bromeliad is potted. The problem is easy - you shouldn't keep the cup of potted bromeliads full of water. In fact, you shouldn't put water into the cup at all. Water your brom on the soil surface, and treat it like a cactus. I know the information available always tells you to keep the cup full, but that only applies to outdoor plants. All the people in the interior landscaping industry learned this the hard way when we first started using bromeliads extensively some 20 years ago. All bromeliad growers and articles say to water the cups, but if you do that indoors, the plants inevitably get rot and die.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
November 21, 2014

Q. Bromeliad Guzmania

My recently purchased Guzmania is planted in a pot in sphagnum moss. Do I need to repot it in soil? Thanks.

Answered by
Nikki on
November 21, 2014
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A potting medium for orchid plants normally works well for these. Here is more information on caring for this plant: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/bromeliad/growing-guzmania-bromeliads.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
November 29, 2014

Q. Cutting the leaves of bromeliads

I have grown bromeliads quite a bit, usually in pots, mounds of mulch or on trees. Now in Brazil we put them in the ground and one large one, pineapple style has long leaves and they are touching the sand, laying on it actually. What should I do? Cut them off, mound up?

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
November 30, 2014
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If there are just a few leaves lying on the ground, you might want to cut them off, or maybe just the part that's touching the ground. If there are lots of leaves, mounding some mulch under them sounds like a good idea. I don't think there are any hard and fast rules - just do what feels right. This article has some more info on growing pineapple bromeliads. https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/bromeliad/growing-variegated-pineapples.htm

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