Before she does, though, she’ll produce babies, called pups. These spiky plants naturally grow in areas like the Andes where they experience desert conditions and even snow. Smaller bromeliads can be potted into small containers until they are established, then moved into 4-inch or 6-inch pots until they flower. It’s now grown to 24″ from the cup to top, which is far bigger than the original one was. Bromeliads like humid air, so consider misting your plants on a regular basis if the air in your home is dry. There's a ferocious looking little insect in my garden called the bee-fly - Bombylius major. Please check out my disclosure policy for more details. They are one of the most common plants sold in the houseplant section at most garden centers, or you can buy bromeliads online. Horticultural oil or organic insecticidal soap also works great. Welcome to Leavesnbloom …the home of nature, gardening and floral photography. If your bromeliad pups are large, then they should have their own roots by now. They like a lot of humidity. The bromeliad you purchased many, many months ago has now finished flowering. It looked root bound so I repotted it in a much larger pot. sapota (Achras sapota), squash, bananas, tomatoes. I have updated my post to include your link too. If you'd like to receive the latest leavesnbloom blog posts by email click here. It is quite a quite large species, that produces multiple pups and forms a large clump overtime and when the flower spikes emerge in late spring, the plant reach heights of 150-180 cm. This gives me confidence. It’s where Rosie Nixon captures the beauty of creation through her photography. what a wonderful and comprehensive how to on these beautiful plants…they are wonderful to have especially indoors, thanks for sharing these hints . After the flower died, the leaves were still green and healthy, so I re-potted it using potting soil (I didn’t know). Many people think that the large colorful growth that makes bromeliads so popular is the flower, which is a common misconception. Blushing Bromeliad or Fingernail Plant (Neoregelia species): Neoregelias are spectacular foliage plants. Mature bromeliads should not be repotted. 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. Bromeliads propagate by sending out pups or offsets. This past February it sent up a new spike. She enjoys soaking up nature and is easily distracted from doing the weeding by anything that flutters, flies, buzzes, creeps or crawls! WHAT an amazing post, Rosie. However, some growers prefer a 50:50 mix of both orchid compost and houseplant compost (affiliate link) and they add finely chopped up pieces of sphagnum moss and perlite. You can remove and pot up the pups if you want, that’s really up to you. Now I know. 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. Thanks for your very informative article. Bromeliads just like orchids will outlast a bunch of flowers any day - so are good value for money. This is the first time I got a chance to comment after picking the post, But this is really good information. Woohoo! That way, the babies can still get nutrients from the mother as they work to grow their own roots, and become mature enough to eventually be separated and live on their own. It's those types that you need to use. Do you have any bromeliad plant care tips to add to this list? Thanks again…and now I print it out…. So, depending on the variety of the plant, it’ll likely take 1-3 years for the pups to reach full maturity. Good luck, hope they will grow great in their new spot! Your info will be a blessing for this beautiful plant! Several species of Aechmea, Nidularium, and Vriesiaare also fai… Thanks to your article I plan on rescuing them tomorrow and letting them grow back where they were but nestled in bark. I so, you have lots of new plants to replace the dying one! Bromeliad Plant: Types with Pictures & Basic Care Requirements I love the variety of colors they add to my houseplant collection, and they are very unique indoor plants. Some species, like the one you pictured here are nicknamed 'pineapple' flower because pineapple is an auspicious word in Chinese. If you’re wondering where to buy bromeliads, you’re in luck! I bought a bromeliad 1-2 years ago. Her work can be seen at one of Scotland's only photography galleries - Close Gallery, 4b Howe Street, Edinburgh. But, like any plant, bromeliads will benefit from getting some added nutrients – just make sure to fertilizer sparingly. © 2021 Leavesnbloom Gardening & Photography. You definitely live in the perfect climate for them, I’m jealous! You can either tease away each pup from the parent plant and repot. They only require 1/4 or 1/3 strength of balanced fertilizer during Spring and Summer months. (Garden centres or pet stores that have an aquatics department will normally have large clear bags. 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. Loved the idea of attaching broms to bamboo cames! Rosie, your picture with the flowers hanging from the ceiling is amazing.That was an interesting reading about how to bring bromeliad to re-bloom.You know so many things about flower, I always learn something new from you. Bromeliads could be mounted on logs, wood or rocks, or they can be grown in a pot. Ha ha. Thanks for your excellent tutorial on how to do this Rosie. Rosie, the link to my post about using apple peels to induce flowering in pineapples is here: The colors often change when the plants begin to flower. If they are not there don't worry as they will soon appear as the parent plant very slowly dies away. Bromeliad flowers grow out of the floral bracts. Just don't plant the pups too deeply as they could rot. Hope your plant will thrive. Like I mentioned above, most bromeliads will eventually fade and die after they’re done flowering. Be aware that a mature aechmea is a fairly top-heavy plant and will tip over in a standard plastic pot. The rest of us have to stick to them indoors. You can also use a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol to kill mealybugs and houseplant scale on contact, and to remove them from the plant. So, if your bromeliads haven’t flowered yet, then that’s why they don’t have any pups. You could grow your bromeliad houseplant in rooms that are more humid, like a bathroom or in the kitchen close to the sink. Makes sense. They don't absorb any nutrients from roots. By the way, my Bromeliad is still alive. 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 have tied up some to some of my trees where they seem quite happy. #3. Even I can grow bromeliad outdoors in my south florida garden, I might try your method to force the flowers too! 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! I did it with an orchid once, so I will try the bromeliad. Using tap water on bromeliads can damage or even kill the plant. I have always admired Bromeliads along with Orchids, and everything Tropical. You can share your photos on my Facebook page if you’d like. Another beauty blooming in the cloud forest was Tillandsia cyanea, an epiphyte with interlocking pink bracts and deep purple flowers. Some bromeliad flowers are large beautiful spikes, and others are tiny and insignificant. A very enlightening posting Rosie – thankyou – I can see all the things I was doing wrong!!! One questionI have is if I wanted to see if I could get it to attach to something, how would I do that.? Yes, I remember and appreciated that delightful comment you left. The ethylene gas that these fruits give off naturally from their skins forces the bromeliad to flower. Thank you for sharing. I was glad to learn about these colourful plants as I often see them in the Ninfarium (interesting word!) Have a great week! When watering let the water spill over the vase so that it moistens the compost as well. . I’m a passionate gardener who loves growing everything from vegetables, herbs, and flowers to succulents, tropicals, and houseplants - you name, I've grown it! 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 One of my favorite is Aechmea ‘Del Mar’. Bromeliads multiply by sending up offsets, or pups. Just cut away the parent plant at the base. At the base of the rosette of leaves you'll see little offshoots growing. Pot these up in a pot similar in size to the one the parent plant was grown in. 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. Thank you. They give out oxygen during the day and absorb lots of nasty toxins around our homes during the night. I have a bromeliad plant given to me by a friend many years ago. Bromeliad Plant Features Bromeliads are bold, stylish houseplants that work especially well in contemporary, modern, and tropical decor styles. If you prefer to grow bromeliads in pots, you can buy bromeliad soil mix, or use an orchid soil mix. Soft water or rainwater is best. I planted mine outside (in the mid-island, cooler region, frosty in winter) and they hated me. Haha! I'd like to try out the plastic bag method for one variety that didn't flower after a splendid show the year before. Then tie this around the driftwood and tie off with a double knot. Tie the bag well at the top with a tight knot and leave it for about 7-10 days. Within 6-14 weeks you should have glorious coloured bromeliads in your home again. Otherwise, you can make your own bromeliad potting soil. It didn't occur to me that I can use this method on other bromeliads too. Thanks,Rosey. Each bromeliad plant blooms only once but the flower spikes last three to six months. The flower spike features deep pink bracts and can grow up to 1m in height. For the most part, you don’t need to worry about pruning your bromeliad plants. Bromeliads usually won’t start to form pups until the mother plant blooms. It has lost most of the colour from its inflorescences and you ask yourself. Bromeliads are very popular during the Chinese New Year season as they are regarded as auspicious plants. Unlike most plants, they don’t get their nutrients from their roots, their roots are what they use to attach themselves to the growing support. If you’re lucky enough to live in a tropical climate where the temperatures never get below freezing, then you can grow bromeliads outside in your garden! They are yellow and the floral bract is red/pink. I left them round the side of the shed where it’s quite sheltered and forgot all about them. They don’t get their water or nutrients from the soil, their roots are only used to hold onto trees, plants or other growing supports in the wild. Miniature bromeliads for sale at garden center. Bromeliads are just like orchids as in their native habitat their roots cling to trees. Bromeliads don’t really need to be fertilized. Many people think that the large colorful growth that makes bromeliads so popular is the flower, which is a common misconception. There are many different varieties of bromeliads, and I don’t have pictures of each one. So yours may very well look different than the ones in my photos. You could also run a humidifier near your bromeliads during the winter to help keep the humidity level consistent in the room. Unlike FG, I don't grow them outdoors here, but have received the odd one or two as gifts, as houseplants. Since they take up nutrients and water through their leaves, you’ll need to take special care in watering, feeding, and potting your bromeliads. See the repotting section below for further details. Bromeliads that are coming to the end of their life will grow tiny baby pups around the base of the main plant. This is the best site I have found on bromeliads. So if you put more, you will also induce the plant to die. Arggggg . Now it has the the small hairlike blooms that you said was actually the flower blooming. Aechmeas are tank bromeliads that have some of the most fanciful inflorescence. Chopping the peel will also help as bruising enhance C2H4 production. It's best to grow these pups in a very free-draining compost like orchid compost. I wish I had the right climate to grow them. It bloomed twice since I got and it was maybe two years between blooms. She lived in a warmer climate over near the sea coast. Who is Muscari Valerie Finnis named after? These bracts are long lasting surviving for several months. Thanks Rosie, something I can pass on to my customers at the flower shop. But the flower may have come from a pup too, it’s difficult to know for sure. Must be the climate. Rosie, what a wonderful and very timely post for me! That was in the October, November 2019 time frame. But for the most part, bromeliads make great, easy-care houseplants. Bromeliads do just fine being pot-bound, since they don’t use the soil for their roots, so no worries there. Well firstly don't throw it away. Bromeliads are some of the most popular house plants, and with good reason. It continued to produce more leaves and looked good even with no flower! A fantastic read, Rosie! I've never grown a Bromeliad before now I'm inspired to try and get it too reflower too. These plants have a showy sword-shaped flowering spike that lasts for months. Most vrieseas are tank bromeliads with soft, shiny green leaves. Bromeliads with thicker leaves are often more cold-tolerant, including many of the plants in the genus Dyckia. I liked the trick using the ethylene gas. While here in the northern hemisphere they are normally grown indoors in pots of compost or else mounted with wire onto wood and covered in sphagnum moss. Aechmea gamosepala cvrs: with a multitude of varieties, these Aechmea are most commonly known as “matchstick bromeliads”, for their flower spikes, which resemble masses of matches on a long stem. Dump out the water and refresh it every week or so to keep the water from going stagnant. Rosie, I haven't really looked after my bromeliads the way they are supposed to. However, if they are extremely overcrowded and crawling out of the pot, then you can put them into a bigger one. Therefore an ideal compost to put in the pot is orchid compost (affiliate link). Unfortunately, there’s nothing you can do to save the plant once it starts dying. It's from these pups that you will get a bromeliad to flower from again. They come in a beautiful array of colors and foliage; they reproduce on their own, growing cute little baby bromeliads right in their very pots; and they will basically live forever with relatively low maintenance. The plants love hot humid air rather than hot dry air. Aechmea chantini has a flower spike with brilliant red scape bracts and yellow‐to‐red flowers. I am excited to see if I can help it bloom! It's just so stinkin' dry in the house, which of course is a good thing, as mold and mildew could be a big problem in Florida if it were humid in here. Yes, those skinny branches between your bromeliads are called stolons, and it’s how the babies grow from the mother plant. Organic neem oil is a natural insecticide that is very effective at getting rid of these nasty houseplant pests. I would like to send you a pictures of the plant, one with the two blooms and one with the many blooms. In a natural growth cycle, a mature bromeliad will start sending up a flower spike, including tiny insignificant flowers with bracts. Some people like to attach their bromeliads to wood to make indoor bromeliad trees, rather than growing them in pots of compost. What most people refer to as the bromeliad flower is the floral bract, and not the actual flower. Some ripe fruit like an apple, kiwi or banana. Best to plant them 10-20mm above the base of the plant. You can also subscribe without commenting. Also, do you think this flower bract is from the original flower—or did it come from a pup? If your bromeliad was blooming when you got it, that might mean that it’s starting to die back. It's because it's a monocarpic plant. In a natural growth cycle, a mature plant will send up a flower spike that includes small, sometimes insignificant flowers, surrounded by showy bracts (it's really the bracts that people like in bromeliad flowers). 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. Thank you for posting this article. I knew bromeliads are different, but wasn’t sure of the details of their proper care. 🙂. However, at present, indoor plants are to be admired in the houses of others…..yours, no doubt would be amazing!! Next time I'm going to get Bromeliad for indoors, thanks for the advice. Bromeliad pups have to grow to full maturity before they will bloom. Once the main plant dies back, you can prune it out and leave the pups growing in the pot. Am a bromeliad novice…this is the best website about the plant that I have found! 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. If the pups don’t have any roots yet, then give it more time. Bromeliad Flowers Losing Color: When & How To Prune Them Off I would have loved to have been at that trade show in Germany. Technically speaking, bromeliads don’t need to be potted in soil at all. Description: Portea petropolitana is an evergreen herbaceous terrestrial or lithophytic bromeliad with beautiful long lasting flower that stands tall erect above the foliage. … Besides they have health benefits too. You should have no problem growing bromeliads in FL. Leaves are glossy, around 30cm long and tend to be held more upright in shade. Intrigued? 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