mother bromeliad dieing with pup attached

ivywinJuly 8, 2014

I have owned a bromeliad for a couple years now and the first of my bromeliads is dieing. It has produced 5 pups but sadly the first four died. I don't know what I did wrong but I cut the pups off their mother when they were between 1/3 to half of the moms size as close to the mothers base as I could without hurting the mother. All four seemed to be just fine for quite a few months but for some reason they weren't growing at all. After about seven months all four of them died. I now have a fifth pup! I have let this one stay on the mother for a very long time hopeing that it would help it so it wouldnt have the same tragic death of its siblings. It is now about the size of the mother with the leaf length but the base is half the size of the mother and it has 8 visible leafs and more to come. I water its mother probably every 5 days. The humidity is where it is supposed to be but it doesn't have as much sunlight as it needs.. the mother life is almost over it has 6 leafs left with three of them turning almost completely brown. It takes about a day and a half for a whole leaf to die so a very short time. I was wondering what I should do with the pup to get it ready for providing food for itself. Should I cut it off the mother now before the mother is completely dead, should I start watering the pups cup so it isn't such a surprise when the mom is gone? If I leave the pup on the mom how should I remove the mother once it is dead? What should I do differently so this one will grow survive thrive and hopefully have pups of its own? Thank you so much for your time you guys are awesome! Thanks again!

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sunshine_qld

I don't usually cut my pups off preferring to pull them off. Put your thumb between the plants and slowly pull down. By cutting and trying not to damage the mum, you may not have cut in far enough to get the heel. Without this most will die.
Your pup should have its own roots so just pot it up in an open mix with a small amount of fertiliser, water in the cup and water the mix when needed.
Put a bit of fertiliser around mums pot and you may be lucky to get more pups.
Water in the pups while still on mum is beneficial.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2014 at 5:38AM
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hotdiggetydam

One important thing about removing is "what bromeliad" are you growing? Each genera is different. You have a photo?

    Bookmark   July 9, 2014 at 7:19AM
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hotdiggetydam

Also you could elect to trim the mom back as she declines and leave the pup alone. Less chance of lossing the pup. Pup will become mom to other pups.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2014 at 7:24AM
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ivywin

So I'm new to this so I don't know how to post pictures. The bromeliad I have is/was a dark green with a dark pink middle. The green leaves have a lighter color outlining the green and the leaves have little spikes. Thanks everyone for your help!

    Bookmark   July 9, 2014 at 11:11AM
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ivywin

So I'm new to this so I don't know how to post pictures. The bromeliad I have is/was a dark green with a dark pink middle. The green leaves have a lighter color outlining the green and the leaves have little spikes. Thanks everyone for your help!

    Bookmark   July 9, 2014 at 9:11PM
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Fern_Freak(Northern Beaches Sydney)

It sounds like a Neoregelia, what one it is, i cant help with without a pic. I'd leave it attached and just let the mother die down. Its your safest bet until you work out from what your others died from. Overwatering? Poor drainage?
Hope all goods well
Tim

This post was edited by Fern_Freak on Sat, Nov 29, 14 at 0:28

    Bookmark   November 28, 2014 at 4:11PM
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Fern_Freak(Northern Beaches Sydney)

It sounds like a Neoregelia, what one i cant help with without a pic. I'd leave it attached and just let the mother die down. Its your safest bet until you work out from your others died. Overwatering? Poor drainage?
Hope all goods well
Tim

    Bookmark   November 28, 2014 at 4:13PM
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