I use the apple peel method on my pineapple(also a bromeliad) plants which I propagated from store bought ones. Placed it outside on the porch in semi shade (I live in San Diego). They are also short lived plants, and most bromeliad varieties will die after flowering. Thanks,Rosey. Small, bright yellow or orange flowers are borne on unbranched spikes that emerge from between the leaves instead of from the center as with other bromeliads. For the most part, you don’t need to worry about pruning your bromeliad plants. The flowers will typically last for several months. I bought a few of these several years ago and they all died. Chopping the peel will also help as bruising enhance C2H4 production. I have a bromeliad plant given to me by a friend many years ago. Haha! By the way, I too have tried bananas to force my broms to bloom. Next time I'm going to get Bromeliad for indoors, thanks for the advice. Tie the bag well at the top with a tight knot and leave it for about 7-10 days. Required fields are marked *. Do you have any bromeliad plant care tips to add to this list? Rosie, your picture with the flowers hanging from the ceiling is amazing.That was an interesting reading about how to bring bromeliad to re-bloom.You know so many things about flower, I always learn something new from you. Bromeliad Plant: Types with Pictures & Basic Care Requirements You’re welcome! The rosette does not die after flowering as it does in most bromeliad species. Well, you have to be inventive! Their leaves will experience leaf burn if exposed to too much direct light. I am excited to see if I can help it bloom! It continued to produce more leaves and looked good even with no flower! Description: Portea petropolitana is an evergreen herbaceous terrestrial or lithophytic bromeliad with beautiful long lasting flower that stands tall erect above the foliage. Now it has the the small hairlike blooms that you said was actually the flower blooming. They don't absorb any nutrients from roots. 🙂 Some bromeliad varieties can rebloom, so it’s not totally uncommon. at Aberglasney, the 'hidden garden lost in time' not far away from us here in South Wales. We wont spam you. #2. Hi Rosie! Remember all those fruits that you are told to keep away from flowering plants? How To Care For Rubber Plants: The Ultimate Guide, Tropical Houseplant Care Guide: How To Grow Tropical Plants Indoors, How To Care For A Pothos Plant (Devil’s Ivy), 17 Of The Best Office Plants For Your Workspace, 15 Easy Indoor Plants That Anyone Can Grow, How To Fertilize Houseplants: The Ultimate Guide, Terms Of Use, Disclaimer & Privacy Policy. Bromeliads with thicker leaves are often more cold-tolerant, including many of the plants in the genus Dyckia. That’s so funny that the bromeliads ended up thriving on your neglect. I've thrown away mine, I don't think I could wait a year and a half for eventual to bring it to bloom again. Based on size, the artificial bromeliads' flower spike can be taller and skinner or shorter with a bit more width. I have updated my post to include your link too. Bromeliads don’t usually have too much trouble with bugs, but houseplant scale or mealybugs can be a problem, so be sure to keep an eye out during your regular bromeliad plant care routine. If I were to try again, I am sure that your instructions would guide me through the process perfectly. Several species of Aechmea, Nidularium, and Vriesiaare also fai… Rainwater or filtered water are the best types of water to use on bromeliads. Some people like to attach their bromeliads to wood to make indoor bromeliad trees, rather than growing them in pots of compost. Rosie: Great and helpful post! I liked the trick using the ethylene gas. Try again. 🙂. They love to have their foliage misted especially if temperatures exceed 85°F. Thanks for your excellent tutorial on how to do this Rosie. You should have no problem growing bromeliads in FL. You definitely live in the perfect climate for them, I’m jealous! You can share your photos on my Facebook page if you’d like. I will hang on to the instructions because someone may ask me how to train a 'pup' someday. If you’d like to fertilizer your bromeliads, use a half strength liquid organic houseplant fertilizer or compost tea during the spring and summer (don’t fertilizer bromeliads during the winter). Organic neem oil is a natural insecticide that is very effective at getting rid of these nasty houseplant pests. The flower spike features deep pink bracts and can grow up to 1m in height. They don’t get their water or nutrients from the soil, their roots are only used to hold onto trees, plants or other growing supports in the wild. These spiky plants naturally grow in areas like the Andes where they experience desert conditions and even snow. It might be a fun one to try learning about once the weather changes and there's not much gardening to be done outside. Its foliage is decorated with silver bands varying in width. Bromeliads don’t really need to be fertilized. Never use garden dirt or top soil in a pot meant for … As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Well firstly don't throw it away. Thanks again…and now I print it out…. Well read on! While at Alnwick Gardens in Northumberland, England you can visit the hallucinogenic and intoxicating Poison... Fothergilla major Blue Shadow Foliage Update. Leaves are glossy, around 30cm long and tend to be held more upright in shade. Bromeliad Plant Care: Growing And Caring For Bromeliad Plants A fantastic read, Rosie! How do I look after a Zygopetalum Orchid? Smaller bromeliads can be potted into small containers until they are established, then moved into 4-inch or 6-inch pots until they flower. I am new to bromeliad and was always intimated to try them. I can not seem to get a comment to post. So yours may very well look different than the ones in my photos. I think most people buy Bromeliads when they are in flower and then they never know how to care for them This article is an invaluable resoure. I gave up trying to force them to thrive and chucked them in a plastic bin crammed together. Then tie this around the driftwood and tie off with a double knot. Your email address will not be published. You can also subscribe without commenting. They don't have a proper root system that absorbs nutrients. So, depending on the variety of the plant, it’ll likely take 1-3 years for the pups to reach full maturity. thanks! I was glad to learn about these colourful plants as I often see them in the Ninfarium (interesting word!) Bromeliad pups have to grow to full maturity before they will bloom. I never knew it was all that hard to get the pups to flower … and I've never heard of the 'ripe fruit in a bag' method of encouraging flowering. Hope your plant will thrive. #5. You can either tease away each pup from the parent plant and repot. But, before you toss it out, be sure to check around the base of the plant to see if there are any bromeliad pups growing. Bromeliads just like orchids will outlast a bunch of flowers any day - so are good value for money. Who is Muscari Valerie Finnis named after? One of my favorite is Aechmea ‘Del Mar’. They are adaptable, growing in high light to fairly deep shade. Sad I know, but they usually have lots of babies before they die so you’ll get even more plants out of the deal (but more on that later). Here’s the downside of blooming: Once a bromeliad has flowered, the mother plant will slowly begin to die. Dead or dying leaves can be pruned off at any time. Once the main plant dies back, you can prune it out and leave the pups growing in the pot. They are yellow and the floral bract is red/pink. Don't water again until the top surface of the compost is dry to the touch. Broad, flat leaves in green shades with brown horizontal banding reach 8-24” in length. The flower spikes range in color from yellow with red edges to pink with blue, and many are bright orange. There's a ferocious looking little insect in my garden called the bee-fly - Bombylius major. Many types of bromeliad flowers are tiny and insignificant, and can look weird once they start to grow – which can be alarming if you’ve never seen a bromeliad flower before! Great info, and wonderful shots. If your bromeliad pups are large, then they should have their own roots by now. Mom just got her first bromeliad as a birthday gift, and is bewildered. These inferior ovaries … However, some growers prefer a 50:50 mix of both orchid compost and houseplant compost (affiliate link) and they add finely chopped up pieces of sphagnum moss and perlite. Unlike FG, I don't grow them outdoors here, but have received the odd one or two as gifts, as houseplants. It’s also important to keep the water in the cup clean and fresh, you don’t want stagnant water sitting in the cup. They seem to be cursed much like any orchids that find their way into my house, however, if I ever receive another, I'll be sure to use these tips to try to keep the poor thing going. It contains a low level of nutrition which is perfect for Bromeliads. Apple is not high producer. Miniature bromeliads for sale at garden center. (Garden centres or pet stores that have an aquatics department will normally have large clear bags. Make sure the clear bag you use doesn't have any air holes at the sides. A. imperialis - A real giant, 1.5m wide with a flower spike full of tiny white flowers which can reach 2.5m in height. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. If they have, then you can loosen the entire rootball, tease the roots apart to separate the pups from the mother plant, and then pot them up into their own containers. Never use chemical pesticides on houseplant pests because they can build up a resistance to chemicals, making pest problems worse, and chemical pesticides can also damage your bromeliad plant. On this spike were many flowers pointing in all directions. It’s now grown to 24″ from the cup to top, which is far bigger than the original one was. Some ripe fruit like an apple, kiwi or banana. I live inFlorida and want to try them on the lanai which has proper temp and humidity. Rosie, the link to my post about using apple peels to induce flowering in pineapples is here: http://www.mynicegarden.com/2009/03/pineapples.html. It's best to grow these pups in a very free-draining compost like orchid compost. This process is normal. Bromeliad Plant Features Bromeliads are bold, stylish houseplants that work especially well in contemporary, modern, and tropical decor styles. The Bromeliaceae is a family of monocot flowering plants of 75 genera and around 3590 known species native mainly to the tropical Americas, with a few species found in the American subtropics and one in tropical west Africa, Pitcairnia feliciana. I will put a link to this on my site! It bloomed twice since I got and it was maybe two years between blooms. Thanks Rosie, something I can pass on to my customers at the flower shop. You can remove and pot up the pups if you want, that’s really up to you. Hi Amy, I bought a bromeliad a few weeks ago and the yellow leaves at the top are starting to wilt already. I can’t really see any watering cups. Makes sense. Loved the idea of attaching broms to bamboo cames! I seem to kill off most houseplants as soon as I look at them but really envy folk who have the knack of getting theirs to flourish. I would like to send you a pictures of the plant, one with the two blooms and one with the many blooms. Since they take up nutrients and water through their leaves, you’ll need to take special care in watering, feeding, and potting your bromeliads. Should I be concerned about this? In a natural growth cycle, a mature bromeliad will start sending up a flower spike, including tiny insignificant flowers with bracts. First empty the water from its funnel/vase. For indoor bromeliads, be sure to let the cup dry out before refilling or the water can become stagnant and rot the plant. Thanks. I have four Bromeliad plants they’re all doing really well but only one has pups why do the others not have any pups. It was a knock out beauty. After about two years it bloomed, one or two flowers on one spike. If you like a plant with a bit more sizzle, then Aechmea ‘Burning Bush’ is … Some bromeliad flowers are large beautiful spikes, and others are tiny and insignificant. Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. I will now water only the leaves. Many bromeliads won’t flower, but if you do get a bloom, you’ll need to remove the flowering stalk after the bloom fades by cutting down as close to the plant as you can. Bromeliads’ leaves form a cup at the plant’s base that catches and holds rainwater. Bromeliads are unique plants that make gorgeous additions to any indoor plant collection. If you’re thinking about buying a bromeliad, I recommend giving it a try. By the way, my Bromeliad is still alive. Her work can be seen at one of Scotland's only photography galleries - Close Gallery, 4b Howe Street, Edinburgh. Great, informative post…and lovely plants! Each bromeliad plant blooms only once but the flower spikes last three to six months. If your potting bromeliads in regular potting soil, take care to keep the soil dry or your bromeliad could rot. Each Outdoor Rated Artificial Guzmania Bromeliad is designed for exterior applications in your ground garden, hanging baskets or window boxes. They only require 1/4 or 1/3 strength of balanced fertilizer during Spring and Summer months. Hope mine gives me years and years of pleasure…it already has one pup growing, Wonderful, I’m so happy that your bromeliad is growing well for you! An indoor humidity monitor is handy to help you give your bromeliads the perfect amount of humidity. I knew bromeliads are different, but wasn’t sure of the details of their proper care. While here in the northern hemisphere they are normally grown indoors in pots of compost or else mounted with wire onto wood and covered in sphagnum moss. There are many different varieties of bromeliads, and I don’t have pictures of each one. Add this feed each month into a spray bottle mixed with water. They don't mind growing in shadier areas around the home but filtered light is best. Like orchids, bromeliads are epiphytic, which means they grow on trees, rocks or other plants, and they get their water and nutrients from the air and rainwater. To propagate your bromeliad, you can simply remove these pups from the mother plant, or just allow them to grow after the main plant has died back and been removed. Trim off the flower spike after it dies back, but keep the plant growing as long as you can so that it will have plenty of time to grow pups. A very enlightening posting Rosie – thankyou – I can see all the things I was doing wrong!!! You’re welcome! What a great post. It bloomed and looked great. #3. Once the flower dies, the plant dies along with it, too. Just mature bromeliads blossom; therefore, you can wait till a puppy develops and also take pleasure in the same flower spike. If your bromeliad was blooming when you got it, that might mean that it’s starting to die back. While bromeliads are tropical plants, certain varieties can be planted in the North Florida landscape.The most cold-hardy bromeliads are those in the genus Puya. To water a bromeliad, mimic the effect of a tropical rain by pouring water into the plant’s cup (also called a vase.) Also, be sure to always use a natural organic liquid fertilizer, because bromeliads are very sensitive to chemical plant fertilizer. It looks like it could use some TLC, though. When watering let the water spill over the vase so that it moistens the compost as well. In fact one of the main items you need is a plastic bag. They lived in banishment under some ornamental taro for the last year and I recently rediscovered them thriving in a bucket of rotted bromeliad leaves and water. #1. Unlike most plants, they don’t get their nutrients from their roots, their roots are what they use to attach themselves to the growing support. Bromeliads like humid air, so consider misting your plants on a regular basis if the air in your home is dry. Other Vriesea splendens cultivars have different shades, but this one truly resembles a flaming sword. Best to plant them 10-20mm above the base of the plant. I linked to it from my comments and will link to it from my post too. Like I mentioned above, most bromeliads will eventually fade and die after they’re done flowering. Please share them in the comments section below. Direct sunlight can burn the leaves, but some bromeliads grown indoors can suffer it they’re not getting enough light too. It has grassy green leaves and a hot pink flower spike replete with cobalt blue bracts and whitish-blue flowers. Another common question I get is “how long does it take for bromeliad pups to flower”? That way, the babies can still get nutrients from the mother as they work to grow their own roots, and become mature enough to eventually be separated and live on their own. Too much water around the roots will encourage root rot, especially during the winter. Bromeliads could be mounted on logs, wood or rocks, or they can be grown in a pot. Thanks so much about the nice comment about the site, so glad to hear you’re enjoying it and have found this article useful! It's those types that you need to use. I've never grown a Bromeliad before now I'm inspired to try and get it too reflower too. Woohoo! She lived in a warmer climate over near the sea coast. The longer you leave the pups attached to the parent the quicker they will mature. Bromeliads usually won’t start to form pups until the mother plant blooms. Once your bromeliad has flowered for you it will NEVER flower again from that same rosette of leaves. Like Curbstone mentioned, I suffer from Indoor Brown Thumb as well. As long as there’s fresh water in the center cup, your bromeliad will be happy. In this comprehensive bromeliad plant care guide you will find…. Also, be careful about the type of water you use on your bromeliad plants, because they are very sensitive to the chemicals in regular tap water. You can unsubscribe at any time. That is fantastic that your bromeliad has bloomed again, great job! Or the lenght of time the plant is inside that plastic enclosure is important too, because lengthening it will induce a modified atmosphere and gas imbalance for it to photosynthesize and respire. Thank you. Some types of bromeliad types can be difficult to grow as houseplants, because they like humidity and can dry out too quickly in the average home (especially during the dry winter months). Clicking these links will not cost you any extra money, however, as an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases which helps me keep this site going! If you'd like to receive the latest leavesnbloom blog posts by email click here. Bromeliad Flowers Losing Color: When & How To Prune Them Off Within 6-14 weeks you should have glorious coloured bromeliads in your home again. Gorgeous colors – these are beautiful plants and you are a wealth of information Rosie! Besides they have health benefits too. The plants love hot humid air rather than hot dry air. Thanks for your very informative post.My bromeliads grow outdoors. WHAT an amazing post, Rosie. Thanks for this information, so helpful. At the base of the rosette of leaves you'll see little offshoots growing. This is the best site I have found on bromeliads. Mature bromeliads should not be repotted. They provide riots of color with their green, bronze, yellow, orange, red, purple, pink, and white leaves. Enjoy! But for the most part, bromeliads make great, easy-care houseplants. Am a bromeliad novice…this is the best website about the plant that I have found! When it comes to light, bromeliads aren’t super fussy, and they make great low light indoor plants. In many ways, caring for bromeliads is similar to orchids, so if you already have orchids, bromeliad plant care will be a snap! They’re capable of surviving temperatures down to 20 degrees. They are epiphytic in nature and recreate vegetatively by developing offsets or puppies. A most interesting post Rosie. https://www.leavesnbloom.com/2010/09/get-a-bromeliad-to-flower.html The bromeliad you purchased many, many months ago has now finished flowering. I have tied up some to some of my trees where they seem quite happy. Since Bromeliads grow in conditions similar to the ones required for orchids it's best to feed them with orchid food. Before she does, though, she’ll produce babies, called pups. She enjoys soaking up nature and is easily distracted from doing the weeding by anything that flutters, flies, buzzes, creeps or crawls! Therefore an ideal compost to put in the pot is orchid compost (affiliate link). If you prefer to grow bromeliads in pots, you can buy bromeliad soil mix, or use an orchid soil mix. Most vrieseas are tank bromeliads with soft, shiny green leaves. These bracts are long lasting surviving for several months. Rosie, I haven't really looked after my bromeliads the way they are supposed to. This size takes around 10 years to achieve. There's a specialist bromeliad compost available online that is ready mixed with these ingredients (affiliate link). But, like any plant, bromeliads will benefit from getting some added nutrients – just make sure to fertilizer sparingly. Amazing! Be aware that a mature aechmea is a fairly top-heavy plant and will tip over in a standard plastic pot. Bromeliads have colorful, long-lasting blooms (which last for weeks) that contrast beautifully against the strappy green leaves. If the pups don’t have any roots yet, then give it more time. There are only a few of these yellow blossoms and some are brown and did not bloom. I would have loved to have been at that trade show in Germany. There are tons of different varieties of bromeliads, and many of them will grow well indoors as houseplants. Furthermore they bring a little richness and exotica into a room. 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