How to propagate: Bromeliad

Just like other flowering plants like the Anthurium, the Bromeliad is a real eye-catcher. And therefore we understand that you would like to propagate this plant.

The difficult part about propagating a Bromeliad? You can only propagate a Bromeliad when it has babies. Is this not the case? Then there’s some good news! A Bromeliad (in most cases) only makes babies when it is going to die. So your Bromelia will last for a while.

Everything you need to know before taking cuttings

Do babies grow next to the mother plant? Water the calyx once a week. Keep this up for 2 to 3 weeks.

The water makes the cutting grow its own roots faster. This will make the cutting grow bigger, stronger and and is more adaptable.

Supplies

  • Bromeliad
  • Scissors or knife
  • Disinfectant
  • Decorative pot with fresh potting soil
  • Optional: cutting powder

Propagating a Bromeliad in 4 steps

Step 1: Disinfect

First clean the knife you are might be using.

Keep the knife under hot water and clean them well. This prevents you from unnecessarily transferring bacteria during the propagation.

Do you happen to have disinfectant or pure alcohol? Disinfect the tools after the hot water. Let's get away with those bacteria and fungi!

Step 2: Dig out the plant

First dig out the Bromelia. Both the mother plant and cutting. It’s best to remove the plant from its pot and remove some potting soil. By digging out the plant and the cutting you’ll reduce damage to the roots, the cutting itself and the mother plant.

You propagate a Bromelia by tearing the plant in parts. You grab the cutting and the mother plant tightly, and carefully pull them away from each other.

If it's not easy to seperate the cutting you can use the knife. With the knife you can cut the cutting from the mother plant. Whatever you do, do it carefully! There are can be roots that connect the cutting with the mother plant.

It is important to separate the roots of the cutting from the mother plant. It is best to use lukewarm running water for this. This loosens the potting soil, so you can easily take the roots apart.

Step 3: Apply cutting powder

Do you happen to have cutting powder at home? Then you can apply the cutting powder to the ‘open wound’ of the cutting. Let the powder dry well!

Don’t have any cutting powder? No problem. You can also easily propagate without. Although the use of cutting powder can stimulate root growth. So it is an interesting option to consider.

Step 4: Taking care of the cutting

Place the cutting in a pot with fresh potting soil. Give a little water immediately after when the cutting is placed in the pot. The water allows the roots to grow faster, making recovery quicker.

Keep the potting soil slightly moist, so that new roots will grow. But, be careful that the plant will not develop root rot. Root rot occurs with plants and cuttings that get more water than they need.

Position the cutting on a spot with a lot of medium light. If you place the cutting directly on the windowsill the leaves can be burned. This is because a cutting is very sensitive just after a propagation.

Good to know: after propagation, the cutting can hang limp. This is not a problem! A cutting has to take care of itself now and that’s quite a big difference. The cutting just needs some time to get used to the new situation.

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Make a Bromeliad flower

Follow the step-by-step plan below and before you know it, the flowering has started.

  • Place an apple on the calyx one year after the propagation. Use a ripe apple, and make sure it is still intact. No strange dents or cuts! If the apple has an open spot this can cause mold.
  • Place a plastic bag around the plant and apple. The plastic bag should be around for three weeks.
  • Water the plant regularly, and put the plastic bag back.
  • After three weeks you can remove the plastic bag and apple.

Withing 8 to 16 weeks the plant will start to bloom.

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