How to Propagate Bromeliads

I got a new bromeliad yesterday. It has the pink flower and has also has a pup. I was wondering if I could repot it and separate the pup while its blooming? The pot is 6″ wide but only 3″ tall and the roots are sticking out of the top of the soil. If I do repot, what size pot would you suggest?

Hi Breana,

Pink Bromeliad with thick gray leaves

Aechmea fasciata
Silver Urn Bromeliad

Bromeliads are propagated using the “pups” or  offsets that grow at the base of the plant. Wait until these  offsets are at least 6” (15 cm) in size before digging them up and planting them in a 4” pot of their own.

The longer the pups are left attached to the mother plant, the better they will grow once planted on their own. If the pups have roots that’s great, but roots are not necessary for them to survive.

Use a sharp, sterilized knife or scissors to remove pup (offset), cutting as close to the mother plant as possible.

Once the pups have been removed, simply replace the soil around the mother plant and it should continue to provide you with additional offsetsHouseplant offsets, or pups as they are sometimes called, are the baby plants that form at the base of certain houseplants.Plant offsets can be used to easily propagate new plants. Wait until the plant offsets have grown at least several inches, then gently detach them from the "mother"plant. Hopefully the plant offsets will have a few roots of their own at this point. Plant the offsets in a small container and keep the plant barely moist but never soggy at all times. though there won’t be any more flowers.

Dip the cut ends of the pup in a LITTLE FungicideFungicides are chemical compounds that are used to kill or inhibit fungi or fungal spores. Fungi can cause serious damage to your houseplants. with Rooting HormoneRooting Hormone helps plant cuttings produce new roots and is very important to use if you want your propagation attempts to be successful. Always dip the cut end of a stem or leaf into water and then dip it into the rooting hormone before planting it. Tap off any excess powder since too much hormone is worse than too little. before planting it in a small 4″ pot with a light, fast-draining soil.  When planting the new baby bromeliad be careful not to plant too deeply.

It will take at least 2-3 years for the new bromeliad to bloom.

When you repot the Mother plant use a container that is 6″wide and about 5″-6″ deep. Be sure the container has drip hole in the bottom.

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