Thursday, June 29, 2006

Bromeliad pups


I've been busy the last few days potting up Bromeliad offshoots commonly known as pups One of the great things about these plants is their ability to multiply, particularly if they are in their preferred position of semi-shade or dappled sunlight. The experts say to cut them off with a sharp stanley knife at the base, they are ready for this once they get to about one third the size of the parent plant. This one pictured above has three, one to the left and right and one behind. The amazing thing is once the pups have been removed the plant quite often keeps producing them. I pot them up in a mixture of orchid mix and mulch and leave them in the shade house until they take root. Bromeliads certainly give a good return on the initial outlay and make an excellent gift. And of course give a frog a home.

9 comments:

snappy said...

They remind me of my Aloe Vera which readily produces off shoots which you can regrow.
The bromeliads look cool.How do you think they would fare in sunny yorkshire?Or are they strictly a greenhouse plant?
where do the frogs live in them?

roybe said...

hello snappy,Bromeliads can stay in pots all the time, and quite often we semi bury them in the garden so we can move them around. So you can grow them in the U.K. it just means you'll have to bring them indoors for the cooler months. If you don't have a greenhouse or a conservatory you need a warm sunny spot by a window. There is a book "Bromeliads" by Werner Raugh you could probably pick up at your library or a nursery might advise you which ones grow best over there. The frogs tuck themselves just inside the leaves where it's cool and moist, you can see an example of this in march archive "popular spot" cheers

Kerri said...

I love these! Wish I was close enough to beg one from you.
I'll swap you a kitten :)

roybe said...

If you where closer Kerri I would happily give you one.

Karen said...

I like these bromeliads. I saw them growing in the conservatory at the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas. It's interesting to know that frogs like to hide in them.

I'm not sure what to think of my word verification, though: bummr. ;-)

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Anonymous said...

im very much a beginner in the gardening scene but this particular plant caught my eye somewhat. I have just purchased one which looks to be in wonderful health and furthermore it appears to have two 'pups' coming up. As they are only themselves a couple of inches tall i presume it is somewhat a little early to think about re-potting them?

the_paper_poster said...

Nope, they don't need to be 1/3 as big as the parent. I bought two large bromeliads with two pups each (about two inches high) and they took off immediately after re-potting. Not much of a root on the pups, I used a serrated kitchen knife. I'm definately keeping the parents around to see if I get more pups.

Anonymous said...

I have a Bromeliad that my mother had sent to my fathers memorial service. Before this year, I had no idea these beauties really existed. I have somewhat of a green thumb but have needed to do this research on these plants. The parent plant is rather large and has 2 pups that I can see. The flower is dying as of right now due to me leaving it at my husbands (soon-to-be-ex) house and it wasn't watered. I am heartbroken but thanks to the info I've picked on this site, I think I can certainly make some babies from this parent so I can keep this silly memory of my dad with me. Thank you and I'll keep you posted,