A How-To Guide for Propagating Bromeliads: How fast do Bromeliad Pups grow / is it still alive?

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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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Felian
Jun 17, 2018 2:46 AM CST
Hello Gardeners!

I have separated and re-potted my bromeliad pups about half a year ago.

Yesterday, i have taken them out of their pots to check on them, and found that one of them hasn't grown roots and has rotted from below (it wasn't visible in the leaves, which appeared to be alive?). But i also think that this plant hasn't really grown since i separated it from its parent plant.

The other pup, as far as i can tell, has grown a bit... but now i'm not sure how to tell whether it is still alive. This one has grown roots, but the root connecting the root network to the plant is rather thin...

As far as i'm informed, the roots are basically only for anchoring, and they take nutrition via their leaves... but i still am confused.

How fast do bromeliad pups grow once they are on their own?

How can i tell whether the plant is still alive? Would it go brown and wither? Is it definitely alive as long as the leaves are green?

it would be awesome if someone can give me more info. i can only find lots of info on general propagation, but not on "older" pups.
Name: Kristi
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pod
Jun 17, 2018 6:28 AM CST
@Felian I don't have answers but will watch and hope to learn from your questions as well. Shrug!

I have noticed some of mine haven't formed root systems either but I haven't had one rot as yet.
Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

Fulfilling ambitious objectives is usually done one step at a time.

Felian
Sep 20, 2018 2:30 PM CST
Hello,
update:
now, the pup has turned brown. it is dead now officially. :(
i'll just have to try again with the propagation of the next bromeliad...
Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
Bromeliad Butterflies Canning and food preservation Bulbs Birds Vermiculture
Dog Lover Cat Lover Winter Sowing Bookworm Ponds Vegetable Grower
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pod
Sep 20, 2018 8:38 PM CST
I am sorry you lost your pup. How large was it when you separated it from the parent plant?
Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

Fulfilling ambitious objectives is usually done one step at a time.

Felian
Oct 2, 2018 3:48 PM CST
about 10-15 cm high. half the height of the parent plant i think. for quite a while, it looked alive, but i can't deny its departure anymore. Sighing!
now i have a new guzmania that also already has two pups, but i'm afraid to cut them off and kill them, too. but i think i just gotta try again...
Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
Bromeliad Butterflies Canning and food preservation Bulbs Birds Vermiculture
Dog Lover Cat Lover Winter Sowing Bookworm Ponds Vegetable Grower
Image
pod
Oct 2, 2018 7:17 PM CST
Good luck with them if you give it a try. Crossing Fingers! Let us know how it goes...
Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

Fulfilling ambitious objectives is usually done one step at a time.

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