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. You can think of it as an umbilical cord I guess, LOL! They cling to the branches of trees or lodge in rock crevices collecting rainwater in their funnels. How to care for an Oncidesa Sweet Sugar Orchid - the dancing lady orchid. First empty the water from its funnel/vase. A fantastic read, Rosie! 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). That was in the October, November 2019 time frame. They are resilient and very adaptable houseplants. You just spray the feed over the leaves of the bromeliad. I have been struggling with the bromeliads I inherited from my late mother-in-law who was a fantastic gardener and grew her bromeliads in an outside garden. Then place the plant in the plastic bag along with a ripe fruit. Bromeliads are slow growing plants, and most of them will only bloom once in their lives. Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You’re welcome! Hi Amy, I bought a bromeliad a few weeks ago and the yellow leaves at the top are starting to wilt already. Then tie this around the driftwood and tie off with a double knot. There are tons of different varieties of bromeliads, and many of them will grow well indoors as houseplants. The flowers will typically last for several months. Thanks to your article I plan on rescuing them tomorrow and letting them grow back where they were but nestled in bark. Bromeliads usually won’t start to form pups until the mother plant blooms. How do I look after a Zygopetalum Orchid? On this spike were many flowers pointing in all directions. You can share your photos on my Facebook page if you’d like. Bromeliad Plant Care: Growing And Caring For Bromeliad Plants They are epiphytic in nature and recreate vegetatively by developing offsets or puppies. 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. While at Alnwick Gardens in Northumberland, England you can visit the hallucinogenic and intoxicating Poison... Fothergilla major Blue Shadow Foliage Update. I gave up trying to force them to thrive and chucked them in a plastic bin crammed together. Must be the climate. I have updated my post to include your link too. Thanks Amy! Can be grown in full sun or shady spots and is frost hardy and tolerant of salty sea breezes. Your email address will not be published. Today I'm going to let you into a little secret of how to get a bromeliad to flower again. If you have difficulty teasing the pup away from the parent plant use a sharp knife. Bromeliads’ leaves form a cup at the plant’s base that catches and holds rainwater. Required fields are marked *. 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). © 2021 Leavesnbloom Gardening & Photography. Using tap water on bromeliads can damage or even kill the plant. Otherwise, you can remove the pups from the dead mother plant, and pot them up on their own. Well firstly don't throw it away. what a wonderful and comprehensive how to on these beautiful plants…they are wonderful to have especially indoors, thanks for sharing these hints . Change the water in the funnel every so often to prevent water stagnation and a build-up of bacteria. 🙂 Some bromeliad varieties can rebloom, so it’s not totally uncommon. Some species, like the one you pictured here are nicknamed 'pineapple' flower because pineapple is an auspicious word in Chinese. Am a bromeliad novice…this is the best website about the plant that I have found! I remember this topic has been discussed also in the past, but i forgot whose blog, maybe Autumn Belle's for the pineapple. So, depending on the variety of the plant, it’ll likely take 1-3 years for the pups to reach full maturity. So, since your mother in law lived by the sea, and you’re further inland, that may be why yours aren’t doing as well. If you'd like to receive the latest leavesnbloom blog posts by email click here. They look like they’d be harder to grow than they actually are, and bromeliad plant care is pretty easy once you get the hang of it! You can unsubscribe at any time. They are naturally slow-growing plants, and fertilizer isn’t going to help them grow much faster. 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