How to Repot a Bromeliad Pup?

If you are a plant lover, I am sure that you have heard of Bromeliad, right? It is one of the most popular plants that people prefer to grow due to its unusual propagation.

Bromeliad plants only bloom once in their lifetime and die out after a while.

But what makes it worth it to have this plant in your garden is that before dying out, it produces offsets that are often known as “pups.”

These pups can be removed from the mother plant (main plant) and repotted after a certain amount of time.

So, the question is, how do you repot Bromeliads plant?

Generally, to repot the bromeliad pup, all you need to do is wait for the pup to grow around 1/3 of the size of the mother plant and use a sharp knife or a scissor to cut it as close as possible to the mother plant. Then, plant the pup in a 4″ deep pot with an Orchid Bark mixture and proper drainage.

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Bromeliad Plant
Bromeliad Plant (Source- Unsplash)

So, in this way, you can repot Bromeliads but before doing so, do you want to know more about the Bromeliad plant?

Bromeliads can be tricky to work with but imagine having a plant with an unlimited source of new offsets? Doesn’t that sound fun?

This article will discuss why, how, and when you need to repot a Bromeliad pup.

Well, if this piques your interest, then let’s learn more about Bromeliads.

Reasons to Repot a Bromeliad Pup

There are various reasons you would want to repot a Bromeliad pup. But probably the main reason would be because of its particular propagation method.

Bromeliad pups are exceptional in terms of their propagation. They can be easily detached from the mother plant and then cared for on their own.

After a while, the pups will become fully grown Bromeliad plants, and voila, you got yourself another Bromeliad plant just like that.

Another big reason to repot your Bromeliad is that it is an extremely lengthy and tiresome process to start from its seed.

Starting a Bromeliad from seed is a very uncommon method and will most likely take a lot of time before you can even see it bloom.

So by repotting your Bromeliad, you can save a lot of time and effort and get an infinite source of Bromeliads for the future.

Repotting Plants
Repotting Plants (Source: Unsplash.com)

When to Repot a Bromeliad Pup?

As the mother plant blossoms, it stops producing leaves and forming pups to prepare for its inevitable death.

As the pups grow out from the base of the mother plant, they will not show any signs of blooming and will continue growing in size rapidly.

There can be multiple pups growing on the mother plant at once.

All of them can be harvested as soon as they reach a certain level, approximately 1/3 the size of the mother plant.

After the pups have reached that level, they can be removed and planted separately to bloom.

While you remove the pups to grow them separately, the mother plant will still last about a year or two and keep producing more pups as time goes by until it stops and finally dies.

Materials Required

These are the materials you will need before you are ready to repot your Bromeliad pup.

Materials RequiredPurpose
Garden glovesTo keep your hands safe and clean.
Sharp knife or scissorsTo cut the pups close to the mother plant without damaging it.
An Orchid bark potting mixTo make sure the pot doesnt stay too wet for long period of time.
Fungicide and rooting hormonesTo help with the growth of the pups.
A wooden stickTo support the pup as its growing.

How to Remove Bromeliad Pups from Mother Plant?

Bromeliad pups are easy to remove from the mother plant because all you need to do is detach the growing pup from the mother plant.

But before removing Bromeliad pups from the mother plant, you need to consider your intentions with the plants.

You can either let the Bromeliad pup stay on the mother plant for a reasonably long amount of time and let it grow till its maturity, or you can remove the pup once it’s 1/3 of the size of the mother plant.

The longer the pups are attached to the mother plant, they will leech off nourishments from the mother plant and grow faster.

But if you let that happen, the mother plant probably will not produce more pups. Because most of its nourishments are going towards the pups.

If you want the mother plant to produce more pups, it’s better to remove the ingrowing pups around 1/3 of the size of the mother plant.

Once you have decided, the next step is to get a sharp knife or a scissor to remove the pup from the mother plant.

Some might suggest using hands, but it can be harmful to the pup. So the best option is to use a sharp knife or scissor to cut it off cleanly from the mother plant.

While removing the pup, be careful and cut it as close as possible to the mother plant without damaging them.

And that’s all, relatively easy, right?

What Size Pot does a Bromeliad Pup Need?

After you are done removing the pup, the next thing is to put it in a pot. But what size of pot does a Bromeliad pup need?

The answer is straightforward; Bromeliad pups can freely grow in 4 inch deep pots. This is because they are large enough for the pups to grow in.

But just the size of the pot isn’t going to cut it.

As Bromeliads are epiphytes, you will require a pot with a suitable draining medium or hinder their growth.

Bromeliads mostly prefer Clay or plastic pots as long as they have a hole on the bottom for proper drainage.

Although bromeliads are rather small plants, they have limited root systems, requiring larger pots.

Terracotta Pots with Drainage Hole
Terracotta Pots with Drainage Hole (Source: Amazon)

What Type of Soil does a Bromeliad Pup Need?

There are several types of soil that you can use to grow a Bromeliad plant. But the most effective one is the mixture of potting soil and orchid barks.

With the 50/50 mixture of standard potting soil and orchid barks, your Bromeliad will thrive.

As Bromeliads are epiphytes, they are not picky about the types of soils they can grow in. So as long as it’s well-draining, it is all good for them.

You can also use the mixture of peat, perlite, and fine pine bark in a 50:30:20 ratio to grow your Bromeliad plant.

Your Bromeliad will thrive as long as you provide fast-draining potting soil which holds the moisture but drains the water quickly.

The next thing you need to keep in mind while choosing the soil for your Bromeliad is its soil Ph.

Bromeliads often prefer 5.0 to 6.0 soil PH as it is a bit acidic, it helps in the blooming process.

Soil mixed with Organic Material
Soil mixed with Organic Material (Source: Pexels)

Step by Step Guide to Repot a Bromeliad Pup

Repotting of the Bromeliad pup is pretty simple and can be done by pretty much anyone.

Here are 3 quick steps to repot the Bromeliad pup.

Step 1: Remove the Pups

After the Mother plant turns brown and loses its color, prepare to remove the pups from the Bromeliad plant with a sharp knife or scissors.

You can also do it with your bare hands and pull off the plant, but that might damage the pup. It might end up dying due to that, so using a knife or scissors is a better option.

Step 2: Prepare the Potting Mix

After the pups have been removed from the mother plant, be sure to dip the roots in fungicide and rooting hormone.

The next step is to fill the pot with a mix of potting soil and orchid bark in 50-50 proportions.

Bromeliads are epiphytes that require proper and outstanding drainage. It is best to use the orchid bark that helps to keep the mix dry in the pot.

Step 3: Place the Pup

The next step is to place the Bromeliad plant in the pot.

This can also be tricky sometimes as you do not want to set the pup too deep in the pot as it would hinder its growth or might also result in rotting.

After placing the pup properly, you need to add orchid bark on top of the pot. It will help with storing the moisture for the plant while draining the excessive water.

You might also want to use a wooden stick or any object to help the pup stand on its own until its roots are fully formed within the pot.

Step 4: Provide Optimum Requirements

The final step is to place the Bromeliad plant in a place where it will thrive instead of dying out due to lack of humidity and light.

The most common and perfect place to keep a bromeliad is on top of a table just a few meters away from the window, where it can fall under the sunlight.

But it would be best if you were careful not to place the Bromeliad pup directly under the sun. Or else it might end up burning its leaves and leaving it dry.

Finally, after placing your pup, you need to water the pup once a week.

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Tips to Take Care of a Repotted Bromeliad Pup

After you entirely repot Bromeliads, you will need to take good care of it for it to bloom.

Light, heat, and humidity are three deciding factors while growing a Bromeliad pup. So it would be best if you kept those in mind at all times to keep your plant healthy.

Here are a few tips to keep your Bromeliad pup healthy and safe.

  • Pups are better at facing bright indirect light instead of directly placed under the sun as they require less light than fully grown Bromeliads.
  • You need to keep the pot moist most of the time. Make sure it is moist and not completely wet, as overwatering the pups might cause them to rot.
  • You can eventually remove the wooden stick as it starts to form its roots and becomes stable.
  • After a particular while, you can start giving direct light to the plant as it is growing.
  • In the summer months, morning sunlight is perfect for the Bromeliads. It can lead them to have a significant bloom after putting the plant in the morning light; it’s better to keep them off in the shade for the rest of the day.
  • You need to keep the humidity around the plant at 40 to 60 percent.
  • Maintain an average temperature of  60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit for the perfect health of the plant.
  • Bromeliads are often pest-free plants, but if you witness pests crawling on your plant, you need to prepare a soap water mixture and spray it on the plant.
Blooming Bromeliad
Blooming Bromeliad (Source: pxfuel.com)

Conclusion

In that way, you can completely repot Bromeliads after removing them from the mother plant.

In addition, it is relatively easy compared to other plants that require way more care while repotting.

Bromeliads are unique and add a unique style to your garden, so be sure to get one.

Growing a Bromeliad pup is fun as you witness its growth from a tiny pup to a full-grown plant over the years.

Of course, it can take a few years to grow, but I assure you that it is a gratifying process.

You can also repeat the same process after the pups fully mature and start producing their offsets.

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