What to Do With Bromeliads When They are Done Blooming?
- This article was last updated on 10/06/2017
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Bromeliads are gorgeous houseplants that many people enjoy to grow in their homes. They are known for their beautiful flowers. The most popular Bromeliad varieties to grow in your home include Guzmanias, Aechmeas and Vrieseas.The flowers are a number one thing to grow these plants.
However, once the plant is done blooming it might look like a different plant. How to take care for it? Is there a way to make it bloom again? These are some of the important questions you need to ask if you wish to grow Bromeliads in your home.
Bromeliads have wonderful flowers, but they can’t live forever. You will notice at one point that the flower is fading. It is also not unusual to see that the tips of the leaves are turning brown. It is a sign that the plant is done with blooming.
When you notice the flower fading, it is best to cut it off. It is important to understand that you won’t be able to make the flower hang on for longer. It is also not helpful for the plant to keep the old flower to take the resources.
To cut the flower, simply take a clean, sharp knife or pruning shears. Cut off the bloom spike as far down as you can. This will help you keep your Bromeliad plant.
While it might look different without the flower, keep in mind that your Bromeliad will continue to thrive. You can simply keep the regular care – there is no need to change anything when. Just do all the things you have done in the past. The only one thing that might be useful at this point is to clean the remaining leaves with water and a soft cloth.
Overtime, you will notice that your Bromeliad will start forming new plants from the base. These pups, as they are called, should be left on the parent plant so they can develop.
By removing the flower and the leaves from the plant, it actually allows new pups to develop. This is a great thing, because pups are a new source of flowers.
Make sure to leave the pups on the parent plant until they reach about 1/3 the size of the parent plant. You may also wish to move your Bromeliad into a brighter spot in your home.
It is important to remember that a Bromeliad plant will not bloom again from the original plant. However, it can have new pups that grow up and bloom if you give them enough light. It is also important to take a good care of the pups so they will produce flowers.
Generally speaking, the original plant blooms once and its pups bloom multiple times. This is important to remember when growing Bromeliads. Also, keep in mind that you can keep the plant in the same soil for several years and it will not harm it.
Here are some additional things you should know about Bromeliads: