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Djh1201
Mar 11, 2016 8:57 PM CST
I have an indoor bromeliad which was a beautiful vibrant red colour. It seems that it had a fight with some fungus, I managed to clean away the fungus with a cotton bud and then spritzing with tea tree water. The fungus doesn't look like it is coming back. But now I'm unsure of what I should be doing next. The dead brown flower part - should I remove that? Or do I leave it and wait for it to do its thing? The green leaves look healthy.
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Zencat
Mar 11, 2016 10:34 PM CST
I would remove the dead flower parts. The plant should then spend it's energy recuperating.
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Djh1201
Mar 12, 2016 3:30 AM CST
And do I remove the flower part at a particular point? I don't want it to never flower again.

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tarev
Mar 12, 2016 3:59 AM CST
Hello Djh1201, after bromeliads blooms fade just do a clean cut as close to the plant. It will then redirect its energies to producing pups. Eventually mommy plant will go downhill and that's the natural end of the plant's life cycle.

But it will still take awhile as it grows the pups and eventually you may choose to repot the new ones and wait for its turn to bloom..
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Djh1201
Mar 12, 2016 4:26 AM CST
Thank You for the info. I'm a novice with plants, but I loved this plant so much. I'l get the dead flower removed now and wait patiently to see if it produces pups!

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dyzzypyxxy
Mar 12, 2016 11:06 AM CST
That's right, Djh. This particular rosette of leaves will not bloom again, but it will make more plants, then die back. As the leaves turn brown you can cut them off, but as long as there is green, they are still nourishing the plant. In a few months you will have a nice new clump of baby plants coming along and they each will make only one flower stem, too. Eventually.

Could you please put into your profile where (approx) you are? That way whenever you post anything, your location appears in the top right of the post. This helps a lot with answering questions. I was just wondering if you might want to let this plant grow outside for the summer - they like humidity and warmth a lot better than air-conditioning which is like a desert. But if you live somewhere dry, it might be better to keep it indoors, maybe in your kitchen or bathroom where there's a bit more humidity.
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drdawg
Mar 12, 2016 4:48 PM CST
That's usually my "job", Elaine. Whistling I was out in the greenhouses watering everything.
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dyzzypyxxy
Mar 12, 2016 4:56 PM CST
Glad to fill in for ya, Ken. I tip my hat to you.
Elaine

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drdawg
Mar 12, 2016 5:45 PM CST
Thank You! Thumbs up
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