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my broimilade (sp?) is falling(roting) apart!!! history: so, on the 4th of july this year, one of my best friends gave me a bromielade on the pot was a sticker saying to water it twice a month. i had read somewhere that when you water it, to let water pool at the bottom of the leaves, like in their natural habitat, so when i watered it (twice a month), i did just that. and somethimes i would mist it. well, last night, i was inspecting it because at least a week (maybe more) parts of the flower (which was pink) was starting to turn yellow. well, i kinda bumped the flower, and it fell off! the very bottom of the flower, the part that kinda comes from the base of the plant, was all mushy! so i pulled on the leaves, and they cam apart! thier bases was yellow, they smelled bad. I feel so terrible! is there anything i could do to keep this plant alive? maybe take a root cutting or something? because i know the roots are alive. when i took it out of its pot to inspect the roots, the sound of the roots snapping sounded the same of that of a healthy plant. i want to keep this plant alive! please help!

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Hi AnnaK wavy

Look around the base of your Bromeliad for "pups" (baby plants).

You probably did nothing wrong,
you indicate that you plant has already bloomed -
one of the truths of the life for most species of bromeliad,
is that once they bloom they begin to die.

They usually stay attractive for a while, but ...
once those gorgeous flowers have faded,
the "mother plant" will stop producing new growth.
And eventually, just what you have described will begin to happen.

But DON'T PANIC - The good news is that most types of bromeliad
send up offshoots ("pups")from the base.

There are usually several of them around the base of the original plant.
They can be separated from the mother plant once they have grown to be
about one-third the size of the original plant.

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Originally Posted by zuzu's petals

you indicate that you plant has already bloomed


i did a google search and i think i mistakened the flowers for the part that the flowers come out of (the part that kinda looks like and upside down teardrop?) so i don't think it allready bloomed, and it seems to be rather a young plant, it looked small compared to the pictures i found on the internet.


Originally Posted by zuzu's petals

There are usually several of them around the base of the original plant.
They can be separated from the mother plant once they have grown to be
about one-third the size of the original plant.


i checked, and the only thing i found was rotting leaves. i also figured out that the only thing left of the plant is a small stump - that also seems to be rotting. i am sure the roots are still alive though...

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why Hmmm, possibly the plant had bloomed
before your friend purchased it ....

Sometimes the stores that sell plants don't realize
(or care) that a plant is nearing the end of it's life-cycle,
they might have removed the spent flower when it
started to get ugly.

What you describe is just so typical of bromeliads,
after they bloom

I guess that all you can really do, is to continue
caring for it and hope that some pups will develop,
I do hope so, :wink:
brommies can be such fun plants to grow and share.



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the only thing left of the plant is a stump and roots. not even one solitatry leaf. This plant was small, so i don't think it allready bloomed once. well, i guess i'll just have to hope it recovers...eventually.

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if the roots are still viable, it may well grow again for you. i've had them do that.

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Jiffymouse, in what shape were the broimilades when they grew back? was everything cut off at the base of the plant? was the stump stil there?

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they grow in the same shape, but branch from the root


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