The Q&A Archives: Bromeliad

Question: I purchased a bromelaid. Everything I read about this flower stated that it is an easy plant to take care of, and all I am supposed to do is just keep fresh water in the cup of of the plant. Even though the soil is wet and there is water in the center of the flower the leaves are drying out and curling as if it needs water. Any suggestions? The store told me I can keep this flower indoors.

Answer: Growing bromeliads really is quite easy. Here is some information about the character of these plants:

Location is everything! Since different bromeliads prefer different levels of light, they will let you know how to please them. If the foliage becomes bleached or burned, reduce the light. If the plant isn't producing the color you know it should have, increase the light. Finding the right level of light makes all the difference in bringing out the colorful qualities of these plants. Good air circulation is a common and vital need to all genera of bromeliads.

After the plant flowers, it will produce "pups" or young plants then it will die. The young pups will take over the next generation. Pups should not be removed until visible root structures can be seen at their base or they are at least 1/3 to 1/2 the size of the mother plant. Make sure the pups are cut off with a solid base. Some bromeliads reproduce so abundantly, you'll be sharing them with friends. Dead flower stalks can be cut off if unattractive until the mother plant dies.

If you're keeping your plant well watered, and it has finished flowering, it may be in the process of developing pups and dying. You can trim away the dead parts of the plant to keep it more attractive and then just wait until it produces offspring.

Best wishes with your bromeliads!

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