Remove pups or not?

annafl(z9b/10a Sarasota)February 16, 2013

Hi, I'm in Florida and I've had bromeliads for years but I really haven't done that well with them. I frequently get rot in the cup and then they pup but they end up declining. I think it might be related to having irrigation in some areas and not flushing out the cups. Basically, I'm too busy, and frequently, my hose doesn't reach anyway.

The real purpose of this post is to find out if there's less blooming if you let a plant form a large clump instead of removing pups to make other plants. I'm a lazy gardener and I also prefer large, clumping specimen type of plants. Do I need to remove pups and keep clumps small to get the best blooming? Thank-you, I just need to learn to do better with these plants.


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There is no reason you can't let them clump. They will eventually get too thick and have to be divided. I often cut the mum out after the pups have reached a good size and just let them grow.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2013 at 6:21AM
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annafl(z9b/10a Sarasota)

Thank-you! So it doesn't make them less likely to flower if you let two or three pups stay each year? Does it make it more likely they will flower if left to be a clump? Just wondering what the best flowering incentive is. Thanks.


    Bookmark   February 17, 2013 at 5:02PM
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High everyone,

annafl - I don't think it will alter the flowering capabilities of the pups whether you remove them or leave them on the plant to clump. When they reach maturity they will flower anyway; in fact I have found that some brom's flower much easier if they are left in a clump.

All the best, Nev.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2013 at 8:47AM
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