Because it’s the end of May and temps are nearing triple digits, I water them once or twice a week. Saxicolous – these bromeliads (lichens are in this group) attach themselves to rocks. I also put water in the urns (or cups or vases – the center well) because that’s their main method of collecting moisture. Here’s the downside of blooming: Once a bromeliad has flowered, the mother plant will slowly begin to die. Hopefully this video will encourage you to NOT toss your bromeliad after it starts dying back. Bromeliad Color Is Fading or Turning Brown Bromeliad care indoors is quite easy if you know some critical things…and I have an amusing story to prove it. I bought this plant ages ago from Rainforest Flora. Bromeliad Pups Place your overgrown plant or pups into the new potting medium firmly, but not too deep or shallow, only up to the base of the leaves to prevent a crown rot. Keep the cup full, using distilled water or rain water, as bromeliads can be sensitive to the minerals and chemicals in tap water. Unlike other plants, you need to provide water to the plant’s central reservoir, keeping the potting mixture just barely moist, and mist the foliage regularly. Wet the leaves, potting medium, and roots when you fertilize. ©2020 The Scotts Company LLC, all rights reserved. Every 10 days, dump the water out of the plant and refill with fresh water. This isn’t necessary but I like the look & I think it ups the ante on the air circulation factor a bit. Bromeliad varieties The pups on this Guzmania are a good size to remove. Keep the center of the plant filled with water at all times – up to halfway. After 1-3 flushes, I put a couple of tablespoons of water in the urn – just enough to keep it slightly moist. If you plant them in containers that are too large, you run the risk of root rot because the soil will hold too much water. In nature, pups fall to the ground spontaneously and root in the rich soil of the forest floor. Allow the excess water to drain out of the pot through the drainage holes at the bottom. let's make the world a more beautiful place. (Add a little less water when the plant is in bloom, to help keep the flower spike from rotting.) Did you make this project? To do that, carefully break off the pups, dip them in Miracle-Gro® Fast Root1® Dry Powder Rooting Hormone, and place each one in a small pot filled with Miracle-Gro® Cactus, Palm & Citrus Potting Mix or Miracle-Gro® Indoor Potting Mix. I’m demonstrating where you’d put the knife to cut the pup away from the mother. Left in a glass of water, the nodes where the two leaves were removed will grow new roots. Propagating Bromeliads: How to Remove & Pot Up Bromeliad Pups However, if you like, you can stick the spiderette in a glass of water for a week or two, then plant the rooted spiderette in a pot of soil. By the way, your bromeliad pups won’t flower for 3 to 6 years so don’t expect it to happen soon after the transplanting. Remove the pups from the mother plant either by pulling away or cutting them off. Step #1: Water your container grown bromeliads just like you do to other house plants. For price and availability of parts call: 360-425-1119 email: Happy gardening & thanks for stopping by. About: gardening, gardens, crafting & creating. A month after planting, mist the leaves with. My Garden App by Miracle-Gro®: Inspiration to Grow. And while you could try growing your own pineapples or Spanish moss, the bromeliads most interesting to gardeners tend to be a little more houseplant-like, though no less exotic in the looks department. I really don't pay attention to the root system as they receive moisture and nutrients via the plant vase. You may also like How to grow bromeliads. Fill the pot with a mix of 1/2 potting soil & 1/2 orchid bark. It was growing in my garden in Santa Barbara & I dug it out to bring here. In the warmer months, I keep it about 1/4 of the way full. Over-watering bromeliad pups can cause rotting at the base of the plant, which could lead to a low chance of survival at this critical stage. Choose an exotic-looking bromeliad and you won’t be disappointed. I let the water run over the leaves for 10 seconds or so. Find a pot that has multiple drainage holes and is no more than ⅓ larger than the root ball of the bromeliad you’re looking to plant. While newly potted pups enjoy bright indirect light, they require less light than full grown, mature bromeliads. Then sever the pups carefully and repot individually, making sure they have begun to form their own central cup; this shows they are ready to grow themselves.