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My Plant is smelling....Anyone know why?

Posted by oneleggedduck Florida (My Page) on
Tue, Apr 16, 13 at 9:56

I recently purchased a beautiful Bromeliad from local discount store. I have really enjoyed it and watered it daily as the instruction card indicated. I have rotated it 2x daily to make sure it is getting adequate sunlight, moving it to a different room, etc.
I picked it up today and noticed a very strong smell coming from it. Almost smells like ruined milk. Anyone know what is going on? I am a novice gardener. I did spray it a couple of times into the middle part that is flowering...as I noticed just a tad of something that looked like mold/fungus, etc. I used a plant spray specifically for that.
I hope I don't have to chunk it!


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RE: My Plant is smelling....Anyone know why?

Water in the cup should be dumped out weekly and fresh put in it.


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RE: My Plant is smelling....Anyone know why?

I don't even water it in the cup....as I saw on the web, it was not necessary unless it was kept outside....which it isn't.


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Don't believe everything you read on the Web. Outside or not, water in the cup.


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  • Posted by rednofl 9b Goldenrod Fl hz (My Page) on
    Wed, Apr 17, 13 at 17:18

You've probably got a guz. dont water in the flower but water in the leaf below the flower. I would let the soil dry out . The surest way to kill a brom is to overwater it. Mist it daily but water it when it dry's out,


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RE: My Plant is smelling....Anyone know why?

If it was a Guz it wouldn't have the smell. Look on FCBS.org at Neoregelia photos and see if its a cup type. Could also be Aechmea or several other cup types. Without a photo its only a guess. But keep clean water in the cup no matter what the web says. Water the soil when it is dry and you will have a happy plant and plenty of pups.


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  • Posted by udom asia (My Page) on
    Fri, Apr 19, 13 at 7:50

It got rotton from too much water.


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RE: My Plant is smelling....Anyone know why?

I think the confusion here is how much water and where.

1) You wrote that you water the plant daily. Stop watering the plant except, as experts above say, when it dries out. If you keep your plant indoors, that will probably be every three weeks or so (or maybe even longer). Do not water on a schedule. Water when the plant is dry.

2) You said that you don't put water in the cup. Start putting water in the cup. Change it out weekly. Do that by tipping the plant slightly sideways either outside or in the sink and letting the old water run out. Then pour fresh water into the cup (or, if a guzmania, in the second leaf set).

Happy owner, happy plant. :)

Carol in Jacksonville


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RE: My Plant is smelling....Anyone know why?

The soil went sour. Peat too wet too long. Don't let water collect under it for long if you have a sauce under it. Once you put it outside,that same plant will be near no care.


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