You can easily remove the nice looking pup if you wish, either with a sharp knife or by breaking it free. There are youtube videos http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBNDTmOzQTY on how to to this that are better at explaining it than I could. If the plant were mine I would leave the large pup attached,cut off the foliage of the old plant to improve the looks and hope for more pups. This way you don't have the old mama plant hanging around looking lousy while you await more pups.
Normally, were the plant mine, I would have removed the pup earlier and put mama with the group of old moms that every brom collector has.
Hope this makes sense the way I have explained it, not one of my better attempts to communicate.
thanks for sharing the video. It's funny how on this site I always learn something new. Great idea to keep the mothers aside to continue to produce pups. I guess I didn't think they would continue to produce!
While we often think of the mother plant as "dying," it's just this branch of the plant that has changed from a vegetative growing point to a blooming point. The growing point actually inhibits the buds (down in the lower leaf axils) from breaking. After blooming, these buds are able to grow and they form the offsets (pups).Unless the old plants' leaves are constricting or shading the pup, or they are drying or rotting, I would leave them on to hopefully produce more pups. More leaves = more growth = more pups (since any new growth has to come from the old buds). Of course these buds aren't viable forever and the plant has put a lot of its energy into blooming. Dave
hawaiishannon wrote:That particular flower will not last, sorry, it is one of the few that do not and will not make a good cut flower due to the fact it is so short lived.
Thank you ~ I saw how fast it failed and because it was developing a pup, I decided to cut the blossom.
I had read that if not allowed to bloom, it would devote more attention to growing pups. Only one so far...