How to Treat Centipede Type Worms in a Bromeliaid

Hello Judy,

I bought this Bromelaid a couple weeks ago (from the local grocery store) and gave a little water. now that it has been 2 weeks, I decided to remove the pretty packaging and set it in a drain dish to water it along with my other plants. To my surprise I found about 5 of these worms crawling around in the pot. Do you know what they are, or how to get rid of them? Should I put the plant outside asap?


Hi Chad,

I’d take your bromeliad outside and remove it from the pot. Get rid of all of the soil and rinse the pot out with some bleach. Gently wash all of the old soil off of the bottom of the bromeliad. Repot your plant in new fresh soil. Don’t leave a bromeliad outside, the flower lasts much longer in lower light and cooler conditions found indoors. I’m sure you know that it is almost impossible to get a bromeliad to rebloom. Once the flowers fades and your bromeliad produces pups, little baby plants next to the main plant, remove the babies and plant them in their own pots. Don’t worry if there aren’t any good roots. The pups should grow into lovely plants and produce their own blooms in a few years.