You just spray the feed over the leaves of the bromeliad. Remember all those fruits that you are told to keep away from flowering plants? Clicking these links will not cost you any extra money, however, as an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases which helps me keep this site going! I liked the trick using the ethylene gas. Another beauty blooming in the cloud forest was Tillandsia cyanea, an epiphyte with interlocking pink bracts and deep purple flowers. Bromeliads are just like orchids as in their native habitat their roots cling to trees. Gorgeous colors – these are beautiful plants and you are a wealth of information Rosie! Thanks for your very informative article. They are tropical plants that come from rainy regions of the world, so it sounds to me like you may just live in the perfect climate for them! Best to plant them 10-20mm above the base of the plant. If you’re thinking about buying a bromeliad, I recommend giving it a try. Bromeliad plant watering in the center cup. Intrigued? It might be a fun one to try learning about once the weather changes and there's not much gardening to be done outside. When it comes to light, bromeliads aren’t super fussy, and they make great low light indoor plants. This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small commission if you click on a link and purchase something that I have recommended. I knew bromeliads are different, but wasn’t sure of the details of their proper care. Its foliage is decorated with silver bands varying in width. thanks! I think I might have contributed to the death of the odd bromeliad or two. Rosie: Great and helpful post! Since Bromeliads grow in conditions similar to the ones required for orchids it's best to feed them with orchid food. It's best to grow these pups in a very free-draining compost like orchid compost. They love to have their foliage misted especially if temperatures exceed 85°F. There's a specialist bromeliad compost available online that is ready mixed with these ingredients (affiliate link). If they are not there don't worry as they will soon appear as the parent plant very slowly dies away. Chopping the peel will also help as bruising enhance C2H4 production. Thank you for posting this article. #4. Thanks for this information, so helpful. Thanks again…and now I print it out…. Makes sense. Please check out my disclosure policy for more details. Otherwise, you can remove the pups from the dead mother plant, and pot them up on their own. Bromeliad Plant Care: Growing And Caring For Bromeliad Plants You could grow your bromeliad houseplant in rooms that are more humid, like a bathroom or in the kitchen close to the sink. Within 6-14 weeks you should have glorious coloured bromeliads in your home again. The bromeliad you purchased many, many months ago has now finished flowering. Just cut the stalk that the flower is growing out of as far down as you can without damaging any of the leaves. Bromeliad flowers grow out of the floral bracts. But for the most part, bromeliads make great, easy-care houseplants. Dear Rosie, I think it must be at least twenty years ago that I last grew an indoor plant. Rosie, what a wonderful and very timely post for me! Also, be careful about the type of water you use on your bromeliad plants, because they are very sensitive to the chemicals in regular tap water. It looked root bound so I repotted it in a much larger pot. Apple is not high producer. I would like to send you a pictures of the plant, one with the two blooms and one with the many blooms. Many bromeliads won’t flower, but if you do get a bloom, you’ll need to remove the flowering stalk after the bloom fades by cutting down as close to the plant as you can. Bromeliad Plant Features Bromeliads are bold, stylish houseplants that work especially well in contemporary, modern, and tropical decor styles. Required fields are marked *. Once the flower dies, the plant dies along with it, too. If your bromeliad pups are large, then they should have their own roots by now. Then tie this around the driftwood and tie off with a double knot. Furthermore they bring a little richness and exotica into a room. You could also run a humidifier near your bromeliads during the winter to help keep the humidity level consistent in the room. After about two years it bloomed, one or two flowers on one spike. Even I can grow bromeliad outdoors in my south florida garden, I might try your method to force the flowers too! Have a good week Miranda x. Rosie – Thanks for reminding me about this excellent blog post of yours. In a natural growth cycle, a mature bromeliad will start sending up a flower spike, including tiny insignificant flowers with bracts. I was thinking of dumping out the whole plant and pulling off the many pups and putting them in separate pots. If they have, then you can loosen the entire rootball, tease the roots apart to separate the pups from the mother plant, and then pot them up into their own containers. Once your bromeliad has flowered for you it will NEVER flower again from that same rosette of leaves. 🙁 Just watch for pups to grow around the base, and keep those once the mother plant dies. Monocarpic plants flower only once in their lifetime and then die. The flowers will typically last for several months. Such good information you share… thank you, thank you! Unfortunately, there’s nothing you can do to save the plant once it starts dying. This size takes around 10 years to achieve. You keep their funnels/vases in the centre of the rosette of leaves filled with water during Spring, Summer, and Autumn months. I bought a few of these several years ago and they all died. I seem to kill off most houseplants as soon as I look at them but really envy folk who have the knack of getting theirs to flourish. I was glad to learn about these colourful plants as I often see them in the Ninfarium (interesting word!) A friend gave me what I now know is a Bromeliad pup – I had no idea how to grow them! Also, be sure to always use a natural organic liquid fertilizer, because bromeliads are very sensitive to chemical plant fertilizer. Don't water again until the top surface of the compost is dry to the touch. 🙂. While bromeliads are tropical plants, certain varieties can be planted in the North Florida landscape.The most cold-hardy bromeliads are those in the genus Puya. I must admit I'm not great with houseplants – much better with those that grow in the great outdoors! Each bromeliad plant blooms only once but the flower spikes last three to six months. Besides they have health benefits too. The colors often change when the plants begin to flower. Here’s the downside of blooming: Once a bromeliad has flowered, the mother plant will slowly begin to die. If you’re new to growing these tropical beauties, you’ll find that bromeliad plant care is much different than any other plant you probably have. How to care for an Oncidesa Sweet Sugar Orchid - the dancing lady orchid. Placed it outside on the porch in semi shade (I live in San Diego). Next time I'm going to get Bromeliad for indoors, thanks for the advice. As long as there’s fresh water in the center cup, your bromeliad will be happy. One clear plastic bag that has no air holes in it. I linked to it from my comments and will link to it from my post too. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees through links to Amazon.com. Rosie has been featured on TV on BBC2's The Beechgrove Garden and she uses the outdoors as her natural light studio. Its flower spike can be six feet tall. It quickly will produce a colorful flower spike of bracts that contain the somewhat insignificantly-colored flowers. They are also short lived plants, and most bromeliad varieties will die after flowering. That was in the October, November 2019 time frame. Many people think that the large colorful growth that makes bromeliads so popular is the flower, which is a common misconception. They are pretty easy to grow indoor plants, but caring for bromeliads is quite different than caring for your average houseplant. At the base of the rosette of leaves you'll see little offshoots growing. Well firstly don't throw it away. But the flower may have come from a pup too, it’s difficult to know for sure. Thanks to your article I plan on rescuing them tomorrow and letting them grow back where they were but nestled in bark. The rosette does not die after flowering as it does in most bromeliad species. Using tap water on bromeliads can damage or even kill the plant. You can also subscribe without commenting. If you have difficulty teasing the pup away from the parent plant use a sharp knife. The ethylene gas that these fruits give off naturally from their skins forces the bromeliad to flower. I have four Bromeliad plants they’re all doing really well but only one has pups why do the others not have any pups. Make sure the clear bag you use doesn't have any air holes at the sides. That’s so funny that the bromeliads ended up thriving on your neglect. In their native habitat which is in the tropical rain forests of South America and the southern states of the USA, they are epiphytes. Your info will be a blessing for this beautiful plant! Arggggg . The Bromeliaceae is a family of monocot flowering plants of 75 genera and around 3590 known species native mainly to the tropical Americas, with a few species found in the American subtropics and one in tropical west Africa, Pitcairnia feliciana. I have been struggling with the bromeliads I inherited from my late mother-in-law who was a fantastic gardener and grew her bromeliads in an outside garden. While at Alnwick Gardens in Northumberland, England you can visit the hallucinogenic and intoxicating Poison... Fothergilla major Blue Shadow Foliage Update. The longer you leave the pups attached to the parent the quicker they will mature. By the way, my Bromeliad is still alive. My green thumb comes from my parents, and I've been gardening most of my life. Some species, like the one you pictured here are nicknamed 'pineapple' flower because pineapple is an auspicious word in Chinese. Yes, very helpful hints, Rosie! You can either tease away each pup from the parent plant and repot. I will hang on to the instructions because someone may ask me how to train a 'pup' someday. I remember this topic has been discussed also in the past, but i forgot whose blog, maybe Autumn Belle's for the pineapple. Hi Rosie! Using the wrong potting medium. Is this possible? How To Care For Rubber Plants: The Ultimate Guide, Tropical Houseplant Care Guide: How To Grow Tropical Plants Indoors, How To Care For A Pothos Plant (Devil’s Ivy), 17 Of The Best Office Plants For Your Workspace, 15 Easy Indoor Plants That Anyone Can Grow, How To Fertilize Houseplants: The Ultimate Guide, Terms Of Use, Disclaimer & Privacy Policy. I have tied up some to some of my trees where they seem quite happy. They provide riots of color with their green, bronze, yellow, orange, red, purple, pink, and white leaves. I can not seem to get a comment to post. It bloomed and looked great. I'd like to try out the plastic bag method for one variety that didn't flower after a splendid show the year before. All content found on this website is copyrighted materials and any form of reproduction is strictly prohibited. It is different from all of the website pictures that I see. Just find a suitable decorative branch, a large piece of decorative cork, or. Bromeliads propagate by sending out pups or offsets. I will have to print this out as I've been hankerin' to bring a pup or two indoors, but am afraid I might kill them. Their leaves will experience leaf burn if exposed to too much direct light. I left them round the side of the shed where it’s quite sheltered and forgot all about them. I live and garden in Minneapolis, MN (zone 4b). There's a ferocious looking little insect in my garden called the bee-fly - Bombylius major. You should have no problem growing bromeliads in FL. To water a bromeliad, mimic the effect of a tropical rain by pouring water into the plant’s cup (also called a vase.) On the other hand, we throw temperate bulbs into the fridge for 3 months to stimulate dormancy. These plants have a showy sword-shaped flowering spike that lasts for months. I love the variety of colors they add to my houseplant collection, and they are very unique indoor plants. A very enlightening posting Rosie – thankyou – I can see all the things I was doing wrong!!! That is fantastic that your bromeliad has bloomed again, great job! The best homemade bromeliad potting mix would be a fast draining soilless mix made with sphagnum moss, bark, perlite and/or other coarse organic materials. 🙂. Bromeliads are denizens of tropical rainforests. Thanks Rosie, something I can pass on to my customers at the flower shop. If you are interested in houseplant care I have published some more blog posts: How to care for Calathea crocata Tassmania Blooms – The Eternal Flame flower. Hope your plant will thrive. I've thrown away mine, I don't think I could wait a year and a half for eventual to bring it to bloom again. Most vrieseas are tank bromeliads with soft, shiny green leaves. If you’d like to fertilizer your bromeliads, use a half strength liquid organic houseplant fertilizer or compost tea during the spring and summer (don’t fertilizer bromeliads during the winter). There are many different varieties of bromeliads, and I don’t have pictures of each one. That’s always great to hear. I bought a bromeliad 1-2 years ago. I have a bromeliad plant given to me by a friend many years ago. They are yellow and the floral bract is red/pink. Bromeliads multiply by sending up offsets, or pups. The plants love hot humid air rather than hot dry air. One of my favorite is Aechmea ‘Del Mar’. Bromeliads grow best at 55°F but can take shot periods less than this. So, since your mother in law lived by the sea, and you’re further inland, that may be why yours aren’t doing as well. Like Curbstone mentioned, I suffer from Indoor Brown Thumb as well. Bromeliads could be mounted on logs, wood or rocks, or they can be grown in a pot. Bromeliads with thicker leaves are often more cold-tolerant, including many of the plants in the genus Dyckia. In this comprehensive bromeliad plant care guide you will find…. Subsequently the gas should stimulate the plant to flower. It's from these pups that you will get a bromeliad to flower from again. Many types of bromeliad flowers are tiny and insignificant, and can look weird once they start to grow – which can be alarming if you’ve never seen a bromeliad flower before! Ho ho, I thought, and I took them back round to the front garden and planted them deep in rich, organic mulch and sheep pellets. Guzmania, Aechmea and Vriesea bromeliads are favourite houseplants of mine. Good luck, hope they will grow great in their new spot! Any tips or suggestions? Have a great week! Great, informative post…and lovely plants! sapota (Achras sapota), squash, bananas, tomatoes. I will now water only the leaves. I have always admired Bromeliads along with Orchids, and everything Tropical. Mist the whole plant rather than pouring feed into the funnel or around the roots. They are resilient and very adaptable houseplants. Horticultural oil or organic insecticidal soap also works great. Towards the end of their lifecycle Bromeliad plants send up a flower spike, but it’s the colorful bracts or leaves that surround the flower spike that is the attention grabber. Well, you have to be inventive! Bromeliad pups have to grow to full maturity before they will bloom. This is the normal lifecycle for bromeliads, and unfortunately, there’s nothing you can do to stop it. Based on size, the artificial bromeliads' flower spike can be taller and skinner or shorter with a bit more width. Am a bromeliad novice…this is the best website about the plant that I have found! Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. So glad that you’ve found my bromeliad care tips helpful! I've never tried growing bromeliads, but do love their tropical look. How do I look after a Zygopetalum Orchid? 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