It can take two to three years before a pup is mature enough to produce flowers, but it’s absolutely worth the wait as the dramatic blooms will last for weeks, maybe six months. Meanwhile, enjoy the gorgeous coloured and patterned foliage.
How to mount your bromeliads on wood
Gather your supplies
- Driftwood (or any scrap of old timber)
- Bromeliad pups
- Construction adhesive
- Caulking gun
- Spanish moss
You’ll also need
- Clean cloths
- Fishing line or garden wire
For you to know
Use driftwood or timber with natural holes or cracks you can use as anchor points.
Dust off any debris from driftwood with a cloth.
Position one large and several smaller pups in driftwood hollows or cracks in the wood.
Put adhesive cartridge in caulking gun and gently squeeze a small amount onto driftwood in desired positions, pressing base of pups into it. Wipe away excess with a cloth.
Hold bromeliads firm while adhesive sets – it can take up to 4 hours – by winding fishing line or garden wire around driftwood, covering base of plants at root system.
When adhesive is set, remove line or wire and drape moss around base of broms.
How to remove pups
You can remove bromeliad pups when they are one third to one half the size of the mother plant. First, remove soil around the pups you want. Then, using a sharp, clean knife, cut as close to the mother as possible, pull the pups away and mount them elsewhere. Replace soil around the mother so it can keep producing pups.
How to care for bromeliads
Most bromeliads are epiphytes, or air plants, so they don’t draw nutrients or water from the soil. Instead, this job has been taken on by the leaves, with the roots only as anchorage or a support mechanism. Put plants under, or in, trees so they can collect leaf litter and get gentle morning sun. Ensure the air around them is humid for moisture and don’t overwater as they’ll rot.
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