Please help. I’ve been growing bromeliads for many years, both outdoors and as houseplants. In the winter the frequency is more like every 4-5 weeks & in the summer every 3-4 weeks. I have been waiting another bloom & now I find out it won’t bloom again. Soil from the ground will be too dense and retain too much water. Avoid using treated wood when choosing a mount for a bromeliad. A friend thinned out her potted bromeliads and shared them with me (don’t know what kind but they’re common to Central Texas). I received my Bromeliad as an office gift after being out for surgery. They are so far away from their original habitat that natural predators don’t pose much threat. It’s ok! The red leaf center has turned very dark. If the infestation happens in your home it is most likely because a previously infested plant was introduced into the environment. If you are unsure, it is best to wait another day and check again. Sherri, thanks for info on the curling leaves. i have a bromeliad pup. Inquiring horticultural minds want to know! Now shape the tip into a curved V, just like the other healthy leaf tips. I let the central tank dry out for 2-7 days before putting any water back in it. Cut off the pups and repot them. Be vigilant and at the first sign of a problem begin seeking out a solution  The earlier a mistake is discovered and corrected, the easier it is for the bromeliad to recover and remain a beautiful plant to display. For most bromeliads the flowers don’t provide the primary show, but the colorful bracts or modified leaves that accompany the flowers add to the display. My yellow bromeliad’s leaves are turning brown on the edges and curling under. So if they aren’t yet looking like they might bloom, don’t lose hope! DH. As mentioned above, most bromeliads’ roots act as anchors and do not grow very large. It gets lots of indirect light. You want to flush a bromeliad’s tank out because bacteria & mold can build up in there. Hi Kimberly, Not sure what you mean — what part was cut? Your cost for the products will be no higher but Joy Us garden receives a small commission. After the bract is dead, the "mother" plant will send out a series of offsets, or bromeliad pups, from the base of the plant. Apparently, they only flower once. Underwatering? If they are showing signs of problems, they can be easily salvaged with a little troubleshooting. “Bromeliad Society International” Addition to prior comment: the flower is turning brown at its edges; the actual leaves look like they are trying to curl inward. Can the mother plant still put out pups or is this plant a goner. this is somewhat contrary to what your website says – not to water the soil often at all – let it be dry as water is retained inches down. What have i done? The leaves of bromeliads are also coated in small surface cells that are raised like bumps, known as trichomes. Bromeliads that produce attractive flowers are often purchased in bloom. Finally now I’ve brought it back in by a 1/2 day sunny window. Am I giving it too much water? The only thing more beautiful than the leaves of these plants are their flowers. The plants share a trait of raising their leaves at night as though in prayer. Many are colorfully banded and variegated. Johnson, Carol. If it does will it grow a new flower. whats wrong with it, The leaves closest to the dirt are dying ..what do I do, Your email address will not be published. Cryptanthus, for example, like to stay moist while most other bromeliads like to dry out a bit between waterings. I do not see any signs of bugs. What am i doing wrong. I water my bromeliad essentially the same. You can remove portions of the leaves to eliminate the brown or cut severely damaged leaves back to the plant. Watering, temperature, air flow, etc? It can be confusing so I just wanted to share with you what works for me. I may have waited too long to pot them – I wasn’t able to pot them right away then I got sick for about three weeks. Nell. To avoid this problem, allow the potting medium to dry before further watering. How much light does it need? Make sure the tank is filled with water at all times, and only water the potting medium when the soil is dry to the touch. And, how long does it usually take for the pup to flower? What do I have to do to restore that red flower? My is going browny black from tips of leaves down it looks bad like dieing what is wrong please i have it in my bathroom in the bath which is filtered light, i dont want to lose it was present from husband. Your bromelia is reproducing. During the winter or under low light, Bromeliads need no feeding. This is a problem that occurs in bromeliads with leaves that form a tank where water is stored. It’s important to know that after blooming bromeliad plants will never grow or bloom again. When leaves are uniformly green, open, upright and growing vigorously, your plants are well-cared for and healthy. I tend to use less water so it doesn’t rot. It seemed to be unhappy with the hot sun and some very unusual Hot, very windy, days. Temps get down to the low 30s (at night), 40s – 50s (during the day) during the winter. A small pot between four and six inches will be large enough to hold most bromeliads. Copper can also be found in some fungicides. It is often assumed that because bromeliads are tropical they need a lot of water all of the time. Bromeliad care is fairly straightforward. There 57 different genera of bromeliads. Are you allowing it to dry out a bit between waterings? The top from the roots? I would like to know how you handle the well when it flowers. Hanging out with a bunch of bromeliads – their colors make me smile. This is the last stage of its life. The leaves of a bromeliad tend to curl, lighten & yellow as the mother plant is dying. Any time you purchase a new plant you should keep it quarantined from other plants for three weeks. Most bromeliads can tolerate drought. Yes my bromeliad was over watered by accident the flower has wilted and looks like it going to die. I have a Bromeliad that has long variegated light & dark green leaves. It sounds as though your bromeliad has finished blooming and is now entering the natural process of dying. The urn (cup, tank or vase) gets thoroughly flushed out. Nell, […] Bromeliads are a flowering houseplant option whose blooms are colorful & long-lasting. Please help! The leaves on your plants are trying to tell you something. Always plant the small pups in a small pot. It is a good indicator that a bromeliad is not receiving enough water. If, however, the foliage is wilted, spotted or in any way less than robust, your plants are likely to be suffering from a pest, disease, nutrient deficiency or other problem. Speaking of rainwater, when the monsoon season arrives here in Tucson, I put my bromeliads out to get a nice dose of rainwater. You just spray the feed over the leaves of the bromeliad. Soaking overnight will remedy this. Should I grow my red/orange Bromeload in full sun? Now that red color has disappeared and the top of the plant is green. Many bromeliads also develop beautiful flowering stalks. I have been misting it often but that is not helping. Never use garden dirt or top soil in a pot meant for bromeliads. This post may contain affiliate links. You can use them as accents to other flowering plants in a grouping. The ideal temperature for these plants is between 57 and 77 degrees Fahrenheit. Any help would be appreciated. Now, the red leaf is turning brown on both of the pups. Then move it into the recommended bright light. They are in my breakfast room that is surrounded in windows. (During the hottest months of year, it’s best to soak your plants overnight once a week or every other week.) They will not thrive and grow in consistent drought, but they are less likely to die of drought than rotting. The pups will bloom in time. I went ahead and potted them anyway. I have a larger watering can & a smaller 1 but this is a nice in-between size. There are many soil-less mixtures on the market that are designed to allow quick drainage. Any suggestions? Your email address will not be published. This is the core of the bromeliad & is how the plant stores water in nature. During this three week time watch closely for insect infestations. Bromeliads are easy to care for both indoors and out. Curled Leaves Plants that are dry but not completely dehydrated may begin to curl or roll their leaves. I’ve grown them in my homes in New York City, San Francisco and now here in Tucson. Hi Nell. Some are adapted to thrive in arid regions while other are adapted for growth in humid regions. How to Cut Away Bad Leaves on a Bromeliad. The soil is dry & in the original pot/soil mxture. If it’s flowering, don’t repot it. Submit your photo to be featured on the blog! When I finally got around to them, they looked pretty dehydrated and dried up. The long neck makes it easy to get the water to where you want it to go! A fake bird of paradise flower cut to fit the the plant is a nice touch too until your plant produces new “pups”. I am wondering if I waited to late to repot. My plants have all gone white is this from frost. I am only watering once a week & just keeping the cup full. Natalie – I grow mine in a mix of orchid bark & succulent & cactus mix. The hairs increase in number as the water moves closer toward the base of the leaves, where the tank is formed. Hard water can leave deposits both on the leaves near the base of the plant and in its central tank. Help, My bromeliad has a beautiful pink bloom in middle. I snatch them in before the intense summer sun comes shining through because they’d fry. If you are using a fungicide make sure it is specified for use on bromeliads. In your conditions, I’d keep about 1/4′ of water in the urn. I have one that is sitting in regular potting soil. You can find more houseplant info in my simple and easy to digest houseplant care guide: Keep Your Houseplants Alive. Usually, they simply can be pulled off or cut off with a knife or pruners at the point where the pup is attached to the mother plant. Should I cut the brown/red leaf out? Not sure if I overwatered or the couple of really hot days we had did it in. Ask the Expert: Brown Leaves I got a Bromeliad ~ 1 month ago for my birthday. That was the bloom, it will put out pups. Am I overwatering? I have a pretty big “strawberry parfait. It is true that many bromeliads like humidity, but they do not like their feet wet. There are a few questions you should ask the grower before you buy a bromeliad: Should it be mounted or grown in potted? The flower won’t stay forever and it’ll grow back soon! When I first bought my bromeliade there was a lovely flower on top which was red. Should I expect them to revive or are they goners? I probably should have said I live in Manteca, California. Make sure you know what kind of bromeliad you have and how to best care for it. So what I’ve been watching is a pup . That was 4 months ago. 02/20/2018. After reading this you will feel like an exprt on these plants. Pest Related Bromeliad Plant Problems If plants are sited correctly and are receiving good care, you may wonder, “what’s wrong with my bromeliad?” If you are growing outdoors or you brought a plant inside, you could have an insect infestation. I haven’t watered it fir about 2 weeks the soil was partly dry ..what am I doing wrong. Them on one of my smaller ones (a pup), some of the leaves look bad…like they need to be pruned off. How do you water your bromeliads? Watering Potted or Garden Bromeliads Collect rainwater to water your bromeliad plant, if possible. I’m tickled pink to have you here! I thought these were It sounds like the mother plant is dying. I also think it’s important to let newbies to bromeliads know that the plant only blooms once, but it will have a baby that will eventually flower. The leaves of a bromeliad tend to curl, lighten & yellow as the mother plant is dying. They only blossom one time in the life cycle. it has white spots on the base of its trunk. What could be causing this? I run water through the planting medium, whether it be moss or bark, & let it all run out the drain holes. Let the pup grow up to a 3rd of the main plant size then cut it off (separating the roots) and replant it. I am now seeing the brown come unto the leaves which were once red. Remove the dying bloom and add an inexpensive orchid silk flower(s) or fake (like) bloom. The best feed for Bromeliads is Growth Technology Orchid Myst (affiliate link). There are varying opinions regarding watering bromeliads. Water in the tank should be regularly flushed to avoid the build up of salts. I just inherited a Pink Aechmea bromeliade (my best guess) and was told that it only blooms once every 3 years. Now it is sprouting another plant on the side of it. Both mealybugs and excessive light cause houseplant leaves to curl. And don’t water the planting medium too often; every 4 weeks should be plenty. I too have an office Bromliad. Hi Connie – You might have a Vriesea. If you are a beginner, do not be intimidated by these potential mistakes. All bromeliads originate from warm climates. Bromeliad leaves typically grow in a spiral formation called a “rosette,” and by tightly overlapping at the base, vriesea leaves form a central reservoir, known as a “tank,”that collects and stores water as well as organic debris. The plants that no longer flowered were still attractive since the leaves are so striking. Pups will, with good care, usually bloom about two years after being separated. This is in response to a couple of questions I’ve gotten about bromeliad flowers turning brown. Tank bromeliads have leaves that form a reservoir to hold water at their bases, with the largest bromeliads holding up to two gallons of water. The label “prayer plant” covers several species of foliage houseplants, including Maranta and Calathea. Bromeliads have few pest problems especially when grown in the home. Hi Connie – You might have a Vriesea. The two most likely accidental exposures occur when mounting an epiphytic bromeliad. Not very much at all – just enough to keep it slightly moist. I do have a Pup but it’s almost as tall as the original plant. During the day, the leaves extend outward. […], […] How I Water My Bromeliads Plants Indoors […], Your email address will not be published. Also, after a bromeliad has bloomed, it will produce pups that can be removed once they get to be a few months old. They'll look like tiny versions of the mother plant emerging from between the mother plant's bigger leaves. you are able to obtain the finished text cloth pdf document of link a million (Predators strengthen up Nutrient biking in a Bromeliad environment) for loose. These do not need to grow very large before flowering, and when they do, the flower stalk can get to 4’ tall. It is blooming beautifully. And I’m hoping it’ll work for you too. Therefore, if the soil remains constantly wet, the roots will likely rot ultimately killing the plant. I accidentally watered the soil directly -did I damage the plant? My bromeliad has become brown on the tips of the leaves. The leaves of a bromeliad in my newly planted vivarium have started to turn yellow. i have Light spots on my leaves. These are pups that i hAve plantEd. These deposits can damage the leaves and make them more susceptible to disease. The bottom leaves have started curling. I’m new to bromeliads. Some bromeliads grow naturally on forest floors, while others grow clinging to trees and other host surfaces. I discovered the dying flower will NEVER come back although, here is a trick ~ without damage to the plant. An informative site on the bromeliad (Bromeliaceae) family including classification, care requirements, propagation, blooming, diseases and insects, photographs, and product reviews. A friend thought the bromeliad looked so pretty and went to waste in the yard and -UGH- cut off the mother as it was in it’s beginning of the bloom. The flower will last 2-3 months. Mineral build up on the leaves comes from watering with tap water. Propagating a Bromeliad Pup . In many types of bromeliads, the thick, broad leaves form funnel-shaped rosettes called tanks, which hold water. Bromeliad is a well-known tropical epiphyte plant, growing in the ground and also on other stuff like rainforest trees, logs, rocks, and other plants. Should I somehow take it off and transplant to another pot and how should that be done? A Replenish the attractive bromeliad look by trimming the plants as needed. Good to know I’m in line with you. The wide leaves are sword shaped or scoop-like and grow around a central “cup.” This cup catches water in the plant’s habitat. I’ll be separating them soon to see what happens. I had a plant for over 20 years. It’s meant to do that! I planted them in a bark type potting mixture. Aphids are soft bodied insects that suck plant juices and causes stippling of the leaves. Here you can see how much water I have in the urn of my neoregelia. Since Bromeliads grow in conditions similar to the ones required for orchids it's best to feed them with orchid food. If your plant looks healthy, but a few leaves are curling sideways, I would start by flushing your plant. Mealybugs also cause yellow or white spots on the foliage and a sticky substance on the plant or nearby furniture. The term bromeliad can sometimes conjure up images of plants growing on trees. Some camps say to keep the urn full of water, some say to keep it dry, others say to water the medium every 1-2 weeks and others say every 1-2 months. This will prevent the build up of any minerals and is preferred. Try giving it some more water. When Chinese money plants are kept in temperatures that are above 80 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s going to be hard for them to survive. Curling or brown tips on the leaves are commonly caused by underwatering. Bromeliads are very sensitive to copper and exposure can cause damage and even the death of the plant. Learn how to care for your Hechtia bromeliad with this quick and easy informational guide. It will then flower and the cycle continues. It cleans the foliage, & boosts the moisture & humidity factor a hair. Near the end of its life, a bromeliad plant may produce an inflorescence, or flower. Is the plant dying or is there a way I can get the leaves to open flat again? The most common mistake is overwatering. Keeping it full in these conditions can lead to rot & that build up of bacteria. Bathrooms can often retain more humidity than other rooms due to showers etc. It has done well until appx 7-10 days ago. There is a great deal of information on the web about these plants. I received a bromiliad 2-3 months ago & keep it in my office. Oh, I love to create so you’ll find a bit of that in the mix along with lots of videos too. While many bromeliads are similar, some have unique adaptations that they have developed to survive in their native habitat. The pup can grow with the mother in the same pot and will eventually flower as well, or once the pup is 1/3 the size of the mother plant you can replant the pup in another pot of it’s own. Seems to be recovering. Consider lighting if you find no sign of the flat, oval insects, which can measure from a … I don’t know what to do. “Cultural Hints for Bromeliad Growers.” Florida Council of Bromeliad Growers. Within those 57 genera are over 3,000 different species and many more cultivars. I am also pretty new to the bromeliad world. Required fields are marked *. 7 Easy Care Floor Plants For Beginning Houseplant Gardeners, A Guide To Watering Indoor Plants | Joy Us Garden, 15 Easy-Care Office Plants for Your Desk | Joy Us Garden, Bromeliad Flowers Losing Color: When & How To Prune Them Off. Also, I live in central Texas where it is sunny and humid. Cleaned off the leaves and cut off some of the bad ends etc. Most bromeliads grow as a stemless rosette of leaves that may be symmetrical or twisted and curled. Its outside facing sun but in a pot on balcony. Before they do, however, they produce one to several offshoots from their base called “pups.”. Should I repot with moss? The leaves may be broad and leathery or fine and wiry. How big will the plant get? … Great information on watering techniques thankyou! Your email address will not be published. I’ve read varying things about if the mother plant dies or not. We had a little mist here so I put it out, though mist almost over. What is this and is a sign of its bloom end? Nell It’s part of the lifecycle of a bromeliad – the mother plant dies out and the pups (a term used for babies in the plant world) carry on. Water resistant glue is a good alternative to wire for mounting. Mist the plant regularly to increase humidity. Now, the leaves are turning brown / yellow starting with the bottom leaves & working its way up. Too much heat can be very bad for your Chinese money plant and it could even be to blame for your curling leaves. It contains a low level of nutrition which is perfect for Bromeliads. It is in indirect sunlight. Usually before the entire plant dies, which can take a few years “pups” will form which can be removed to start new plants. Thanks. As high as 110 during the summer. You can read our policies here. As the tap water evaporates off the leaves and out of the central tank it leaves behind a mineral build up. It cleans them off, thoroughly flushes the cup out & they love it. Bromeliads are susceptible to salts in tap water. I leave mine outside all year, but it’s on my covered deck and protected. These “bumpy” cells have tiny hairs that catch water as it drops. The flower spikes are exotic and beautiful and usually stay attractive for an extended period of time. The plant, which measures approximately 25cm diameter and 20cm tall, was potted when I bought it a fortnight ago. After a bromeliad has bloomed, it will never bloom again, though the green leaves can hold on for some time. The leaves about 4 days ago start curling n started getting yellow spots. One issue is that if the plants have been outside I am banned from bringing them in house in case bugs are in pots. To water a bromeliad, mimic the effect of a tropical rain by pouring water into the plant’s cup (also called a vase.) More on watering bromeliads. We have a lovely bromeliad for the office – red spike – that is now turning brown – what do you do when the spike turns brown? Should the flower be left on? If leaf edges begin to curl up, your plant is drying out. You are using your scissors to replicate the natural shape of the healthy leaves. FERTILIZER Feeding should only be done in the late spring and summer. You may have to use distilled water or rainwater. Types that don’t hold water are called xerophytic or atmospheric bromeliads. The tank provides the plant with much of the moisture and nutrients it needs. As the young plant grows, repot it into larger containers until it is in about the same size pot in which you bought the original plant. These leaves come in a variety of colors and may be plain, variegated or striped. We planted sveral pups iven to us by a neighbor about 5 years ago and this was the first bloom. These bromeliad potting mixes can be found at garden centers and nurseries. Do not use copper wire when mounting a bromeliad. Bromeliad leaves are curling or have brown tips. If the vase stays full, the plant might rot out. Thanks for this information. Do you agree? These … About six months ago, I separated several pups from the main plant (which I threw away, having been told it will not bloom again) and am still waiting for them to flower. We’re in the Central Valley. Comment document.getElementById("comment").setAttribute( "id", "a30348dfe8dace2d47fffa69faa22991" );document.getElementById("d1e2cf58e4").setAttribute( "id", "comment" ); Hi, I’m Nell, and this is where I celebrate all things garden and share my passion for plants, flowers and the great outdoors. I let the water run over the leaves for 10 seconds or so. They go into a gradual decline and eventually die. This usually occurs before the browning stage. Thank you for helping us spread the word & make the world a more beautiful place! I planted the bromeliad on the floor of my vivarium mounted on an inch thick piece of cork bark. Using the wrong potting medium. Using a container that is too large for a bromeliad will result in the potting medium retaining too much water and the bromeliad suffering the same consequences as overwatering; the roots are likely to rot eventually causing the plant to die. These young plants can be separated from the original plant when they are about one-third its size. © 2019 Indoors, these plants grow in potting soil and garner admiration for their big, colorful leaves. For indoor bromeliads, be sure to let the cup dry out before refilling or the water can become stagnant and rot the plant. It may seem unlikely that a plant will be exposed to copper, but there are a few instances when it is possible if the grower is unaware of the presence of copper. The leaves are curling up. Just know that it’s much better to keep them on the dry side rather than consistently wet – rot will be their demise faster than you can say “aechmea fasciata“! My red-orange bromelia is prosucing little fine yellow shoots from the egde od blooms,with yellow powder coming from them. “Bromeliaceae” Wikipedia I am new to bromeliads, and I have recently bought a few for indoors. Is this normal? It is important to make sure you can properly care for that specific type of bromeliad before you invest in the plant. How often would you water the urn given those conditions? Most bromeliad’s roots act more like an anchor than the main source for taking up water and nutrients. Popular as a striking houseplant with a lifespan of about 2 to 3 years, bromeliad comes with broad, succulent leaves and colorful foliage, flowering only once in its entire lifetime. Can I still separate it and will it bloom whenever it’s suppose to ? It sounds like the mother plant is dying. After 1-3 flushes, I put a couple of tablespoons of water in the urn – just enough to keep it slightly moist. They have a particular way that they like to be watered which you can read here. Aphids photo credit: Fred Dawson via Stick you finger a few inches into the pot and check to make sure the potting medium feels dry at that level. Bromeliads’ leaves form a cup at the plant’s base that catches and holds rainwater. It came back to MN and I had it outdoors starting the end of May. Even if it appears dry on top, it may be retaining water further under the surface. Here’s the watering can that I was using in the video. Some varieties have almost white leaves, others pale green, and the leaves tend to be curled, barbed, and flexible rather than rigid. Has anything in their environment changed recently that would cause them be unhappy? Use a regular old scissors—no gardening tool required. Why Are My Bromeliad Flowers Turning Brown? ... there are finished ecosystems contained interior the cup shaped by potential of bromeliad leaved. Tank bromeliads in a tree. bromeliad leaf tips curling inwards? It is usually pressure treated with copper to make it more weather resistant. I re-potted it about a week after I got it. However, the following are a few common mistakes that should be avoided when caring for your bromeliad. Even though these pineapple relatives are native to the tropics and subtropics, they tolerate dry air and growing mix just fine. Culture A. A few questions have come my way about this topic so I want to share with you how I water bromeliad plants indoors. Required fields are marked *. Whst am i doing wrong? It's a Vriesea Hieroglyphica bromeliad. If you have low light & cooler temps, you’ll want to keep the tank dry or almost dry. Propagating Bromeliads: How to Remove and Pot Up Bromeliad Pups, Bromeliad Care: How to Grow This Beauty Indoors. I think it looks little better after a drink of water. Pot the pup in a small container with the appropriate planting mix and provide it with somewhat less light while it forms a root system. If you’re new to the world of houseplant gardening be sure to give 1 a go and you’ll be hooked on them in no time. Even if no traces of the pests exist when you bring home the plant, eggs that are invisible to the naked eye could hatch and spread pests to the other plants in your collection. However bromeliads can be susceptible to mealybugs, aphids and scale. They did beautifully in my Santa Barbara garden happily growing 7 blocks away from the ocean where they relished the moisture from the coastal fog. This is usually a good indicator that your bromeliad is too dry. […], […] Water Requirements: Bromeliads like a good watering every month. I Bought my bromiliad in Naples, FL. Hope humidity helps. If you are just starting out and want a plant that is easy to maintain, most bromeliads will thrive with little maintenance. Most bromeliads are very resilient. In the warmer months, I keep it about 1/4 of the way full. Bromeliads also grow on rocks and in the soil of the forest floor. © 2020 Joy Us Garden | Care, Propagation, and Pruning About | Contact | PRIVACY POLICYDesign By Viva la Violet, Mother Nature Inspired Christmas Ornaments, « Why You Should Be Adding Crystals to Your Garden, Lucky Bamboo and Spider Mites: How To Prevent This Common Plant Pest ». The red ones are okay. Most pups mature in 1-3 years. Love bromeliads! Others have silvery-gray scales covering the leaves. Yesterday I was at garden works so I asked about it. The tag that came with the plant from the store says ensure that the soil is damp and there should always be water between the leaves. I think it got somewhat scaled by it all. Answer appreciated, thanks. Thanks for helpful info. You don’t want your bromeliad to sit in water. After flushing, resume with less nutrient feed. Bromeliads are easy to care for, which makes them ideal indoor plants especially to new growers. Sources Never use garden dirt or top soil in a pot meant for bromeliads. Cop a squat with your plant and hold the dying leaf just below the browned tip. Will it eventually fall off and another one will grow? Prayer plants perform nicely in terrariums as well as pots. All Rights Reserved. That water is stagnant after all. MY AECHMEA fasciata has a tiny pup on it… not really a pup yet.. its a bump really… but its been this way for a long time… it wont grow… still just a bump help!!! If yours is similar to mine then my guess is that the plant will flower again in about 3 years. If the plant remains pest free at the end of the trial period, you can safely place it with your plant collection without fear of introducing new pests. In the case of the above, simply misting or spraying the tank & the leaves will probably be enough. Instead use a potting medium that is specially formulated for growing bromeliads. After the flower is gone they will grow “pups” (new offshoots, like a baby) off the side of the plant. Does it like humidity or dry climates? You don’t want it to rot out. In the case of bromeliads, if the leaves are turning brown and/or drooping, it’s because the mother plant is dying. It's a guzmania. … whose form and color vary widely among each variety. It may also carry disease, fungus and pests that will damage a bromeliad. It has broad leathery leaves. I was very excited when two of the four pups showed a red leaf, thinking the flower would come soon. As an alternative to tap water, you can use rain water or distilled water. Hope that helps! Thanks. Confusing as it may sound, bromeliad leaves turning brown – even the tips turning brown – can also indicate too much water. Generally they are sold in bloom. You can keep the vase (center part of the plant) about 1/4 full of water.
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