tips on bromeliad care and pup separation

x207February 5, 2013

ive had this bromeliad for nearly a year. i bought it after it finished blooming. it has 2 pups atm, 1 pup 5 inches tall and the other 3 inches tall. i dont know how to separate pup. the parent is 7 inches tall. i wouldnt mind repotting the plant but im unsure of the pot size given the pups nor the soil to use. im willing to progressively go to a pot size maximum of 8 inches once the current pups get to full size. atm the plant is in a 4 inch pot.

when i do have to seperate pups, how far do i have to dig to get sufficient soil and roots out without damaging either plant?

i do have some orchid fertilizer though no bromeliad fet specifically. i havent yet fertilized mine. bromeliad fertilizer are 17 8 22 while orchid fert is 19 31 17. id be willing to use the orchid fert only if the phosporus wont burn or damage bromeliads.

This post was edited by x207 on Tue, Feb 5, 13 at 13:14

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hotdiggetydam

Do you have a picture of the whole plant? Hard to tell which brom you have. Based on this picture I would just move the whole thing to the next size pot and make sure the soil is free draining potting soil.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 7:15PM
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x207

ty for the reply, the plant is 14inches at the widest point of the leaves.

i dont have any 5 inch pots but i have a few 6 inche ones. i have shutlz potting soil, perlite and sphagnum peat moss on hand. i dont have fir bark/orchid bark but i'll look around for some. i dont like spagnum moss too much as it gets rather dense when dry but i'll use it if needed.

i also have a sand based cactus soil though i dont know if it meets the need of bromeliads.

This post was edited by x207 on Thu, Feb 7, 13 at 18:16

    Bookmark   February 7, 2013 at 5:21PM
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hotdiggetydam

As long as the potting soil drains well...the bromeliad will do just fine. They don't do well with wet feet especially in winter.

    Bookmark   February 9, 2013 at 10:28AM
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x207

thank you very much. i'll go with 1/2 potting soil, 1/4 perlite and 1/4 orchid bark. i have a cactus style 5 inch pot to put it in.

which bromeliad variety is this? id like to know what sort of flower comes from it.

    Bookmark   February 9, 2013 at 11:39AM
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hotdiggetydam

Your plant is a Guzmania
They come in many colors. See FCBS.org for many pictures of the plants.
Cut and paste this link in your browser for a photo.
http://fcbs.org/images/Guzmania/guz_Chloe.jpg

    Bookmark   February 10, 2013 at 6:52AM
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hotdiggetydam

FCBS.org has many photos of all bromeliad genera.

    Bookmark   February 10, 2013 at 6:55AM
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x207

thank you very much for the plant ID. i did a quick google search for the flower for this particular bromeliad, is the one in the pic accurate? if im correct the form is similar to those of the large Zinnia flowers.

    Bookmark   February 10, 2013 at 8:45PM
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