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A How-To Guide for Propagating Bromeliads

By SongofJoy
January 3, 2012

When it comes to separating a bromeliad offset, often called a pup, from the mother plant, many people develop a case of "separation anxiety." I know I did. While it isn't terribly difficult to do, there are some basic guidelines to follow in order to achieve success.

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Name: Charleen
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Ridesredmule
Jan 2, 2012 6:14 PM CST
I love Bromliads. Not great at growing but love to try. Thanks for writting the article.
I do believe I have a Terrestrial and it has a strange growth on it's top right now.
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Is it making babies??? I know this is unusal to ask such a question but this plant has me baffeled...
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Bubbles
Jan 2, 2012 8:26 PM CST
I'm fairly sure you do, Charleen! And I think you do have babies. Lucky girl!

Another great tutorial, Tee. I'm afraid, in my experience, ignorance is bliss. I have lots of broms that grow in whatever soil I happen to have at the moment. I even leave some of them out to fend for themselves during the freezes. With just a sheet over them, they seem to thrive the next spring. The one Charleen has posted is the only one I can remember losing. It was a gift, and I killed it by over spraying some fertilizer on it. I still keep the carcass to punish myself!

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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Jan 3, 2012 3:27 AM CST
Thanks, Charlene and Sandi.

Charlene, it's a bit difficult to see the entire plant but since your Orthophytum is blooming, it very well may have pups. Or will very soon. I hope so.

It's 18ยบ here this morning so I can't have any Broms outdoors year around like I did in So. CA. even if I did cover them. Easy to grow them there. Just stick them in the ground or glue them on a board or hang them on the lanai. Voila. Since they aren't living entirely off the soil, it doesn't matter as much about the soil component as long as it isn't water-logged.

Happy growing!
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goldfinch4
Jan 3, 2012 3:30 AM CST
Nice article Tee! Wasn't aware the pups needed to get that large to remove them from the mother. I haven't had a bromeliad in years, but you've given me the urge to get another. My DH will be thrilled with more houseplants! Whistling
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SongofJoy
Jan 3, 2012 3:49 AM CST
Hilarious! Thanks, Chris. I've removed pups a lot smaller than that, but I think they have a better chance if they can get larger. Especially if they had no roots with them when removed.

I hear that about houseplants. I had so many at one point in time. You could hardly find us for all the plants. I've given away a lot of mine since getting our newest kitty this past year. He got rid of a few others for me as well. Glare
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Ridesredmule
Jan 3, 2012 8:11 AM CST
Did you name it Shredder??? Poor kitty.
Oh, My plant does look like that one. Will the mother die????This is so great. I have some Brom I keep them in will draining soil..
Thank you Sandi. My plant looks just like that. Now I got a name for it.. Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Group hug Group hug Group hug Group hug
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SongofJoy
Jan 3, 2012 8:40 AM CST
Yes, it's monocarpic so the the mother will die sometime after blooming and hopefully producing pups. Thumbs up
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Dutchlady1
Jan 3, 2012 8:40 AM CST
I had brownie points at work this morning for being able to identify an 'Orthophytum' Thumbs up
Thanks!
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SongofJoy
Jan 3, 2012 8:43 AM CST
That's good, Hetty. Thumbs up

I hope they follow it up with a raise. Green Grin!

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Dutchlady1
Jan 3, 2012 9:06 AM CST
When pigs fly.... Rolling on the floor laughing
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wildflowers
Jan 3, 2012 9:23 AM CST
Excellent article and tutorial, Tee.

Look at that, Charleen!! How exciting! Hurray!
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Jan 3, 2012 9:39 AM CST
Thank you much, Christine. There's always something to learn or relearn, isn't there? Green Grin!
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wildflowers
Jan 3, 2012 9:42 AM CST
But, Hetty, what perfect timing!

Tee, that's so very true. Unfortunately, I sometimes feel like I've forgotten more than I am learning! Hilarious!
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SongofJoy
Jan 3, 2012 9:48 AM CST
I can relate to that ... so many things put into the brain, but sometimes I can't remember exactly where I've filed them. Blinking
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wildflowers
Jan 3, 2012 10:31 AM CST
Well, I have 'Starred' this article so I can easily find it! Big Grin Hilarious!
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SongofJoy
Jan 3, 2012 10:38 AM CST
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Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8 (Zone 8a)
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Ridesredmule
Jan 3, 2012 11:37 AM CST
I'll have babies to share. Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
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ctcarol
Jan 3, 2012 1:23 PM CST
Really helpful article! You've inspired me to divide the ones I just put outside when they were through blooming. Whistling
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SongofJoy
Jan 3, 2012 2:35 PM CST
Happy to hear that, Carol. You're in such a great zone for growing them. I used to live somewhere near where you are. In fact, the first condo we ever bought was at the corner of W. McFadden and Magnolia (I think it was) there in Santa Ana. Long, long time ago though.
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Bubbles
Jan 3, 2012 3:06 PM CST
Tee and Charleen, the pups will grow just below the inflorescences before the mother plant dies. They aren't at the bottom sides of the main plant. Thumbs up

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