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Old 10-25-2010, 12:05 PM
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bromeliad from lowes clearance and questions


I got this bromeliad plant from lowes clearance rack for $4.00! I was looking for bearded Irises and knew that in the past couple of weeks some of the plants were looking sad, so I checked the clearance rack and found this one. It has three pups.
Questions-Will the flower which is fading make seeds? What do I do to care for it? I know that it needs repotting, and that the plant doesn't like alot of water...it was getting too much water when I bought it cause of the rain. Any other tips?



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pup number 1-


pup number 2-


pup number 3-
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Old 10-25-2010, 06:31 PM
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Looks like a Guzmania to me, but I'll wait for the other Bromeliad fanatics to weigh in. You won't get seed unless you saw hummingbirds visiting the flower, but that's OK because you've definitely got healthy pups coming...

Check the soil, and if it's in potting, transplant it to a mix that's at least 50% bark chips, 25% peat, and 25% potting with a handful of activated charcoal for good luck. This is more like what it would grow in, in nature - super-fast draining. Then water by misting the leaves and pouring a small amount through the soil - this way you'll never get root rot. Guzmania are rainforest plants, but they grow with their roots exposed to the air so they never sit in water.
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Old 10-25-2010, 07:19 PM
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I sucked those up 2 years ago, they take too long to bloome after you get babies.

Wahhhhhhhhhh
But they did bloome for months
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Old 10-25-2010, 09:30 PM
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Lorax, does the mother plant die after it produces the pups?
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Old 10-25-2010, 10:20 PM
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She does. But the pups live on.... It's not so much the production of pups, though, as the blooming, that kills her.
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Old 10-26-2010, 07:38 AM
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Beautiful bromie you found..I haven't been so lucky on finding them here..lol.Did find one last year from lowe's..And she's doing well..lol..

lorax,,thanks for the potting soil mix information..I will have to make up a batch ..lol..
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