Bromelaid dying

rgolden1125August 18, 2013

Hey all!

I'm new to bromeliads. I bought my first about a month ago. Last night I was moving the little guy and the entire top part of the plant just kinda fell off... Pretty sure its either crown rot or root rot. Smells funky and it was mush where everything met. I have two leaves left and what I'm assuming is the crown of the plant? Is there anyway its salvageable to at least get pups? Pretty sure it's a Vriesea. The flower is/was yellow and red. Also wondering what caused this and how I can prevent this from happening in the future.

This post was edited by rgolden1125 on Wed, Aug 21, 13 at 22:44

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sunshine_qld

Too much water? How often did you water it.
You can spray with a fungicide but make sure it is one without copper. May be lucky.

This post was edited by sunshine_qld on Wed, Aug 21, 13 at 4:27

    Bookmark   August 19, 2013 at 5:05AM
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rgolden1125

It was watered probably twice in the last month? maybe three times? Is that too much?

I will try the fungicide. Anything to recommend? I have neem oil handy.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2013 at 3:29PM
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hotdiggetydam

A picture would be better. It could have been sick when you bought it and just now showing the damage.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2013 at 6:32PM
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rgolden1125

Here's a picture of the half that broke off...

    Bookmark   August 20, 2013 at 12:08PM
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rgolden1125

And here is what's left of the base of the plant. Both these pictures were taken right after the top broke off :(

    Bookmark   August 20, 2013 at 12:11PM
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sunshine_qld

Does that red dish you have the stand in hold water?
I would put it aside, and hopefully it may send out a couple of pups.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2013 at 4:45AM
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rgolden1125

Ahhh yes.There wasn't much water in the dish after watering but that would make sense nonetheless. Thank you for bringing that to my attention. Ill ditch the dish. Any way I could help the poor lil guy? (other than letting it dry out and not watering lol)

    Bookmark   August 21, 2013 at 5:47PM
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sunshine_qld

Thats about all you can do now. If the potting mix is very soggy maybe repot it.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2013 at 5:57AM
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rgolden1125

I ended up repotting the bromeliad last night with half peat moss & half perlite. The potting mix that it was in was VERY soggy and I haven't watered it in over a week. Wouldn't doubt if that was my issue. Ill keep my fingers crossed that it survives enough to make pups. Thank you for all your help.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2013 at 6:38PM
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