The Q&A Archives: about bromeliads

Question: hi,
i bought a bromeliad from home depot, no instructions. what i was wondering is: how do you know how big the plant is going to get; are you supposed to transplant to bigger container; how old do they get, how big should you expect them to get (i did read up on them)but didn't explain start to finish with this plant. i know each plant is different, but how do you know how long the flower has to live before mother plant dies, mine has long tendrils about 12 in long, but no

Answer: Linda,

You don't need to transplant it until it is literally filling the pot completely. They can live for years and years but after blooming the original stalk dies and the smaller "pups" or daughter plants around the base take over. Water enough to keep the soil slightly moist but not soggy wet. Once a month fertilize with a dilute soluble product such as Miracle Gro at the low label rate. Provide it lots of bright light although direct sunlight in not necessary.

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