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Needing assistance with Bromeliad maintenance...

Deep East Texas, TX(Zone 8a)

Earlier this year I purchased a Billbergia pyramidalis Kyoto.

It was two plants potted together. I realize that one was apparently the mother plant and is now dying.

The younger plant has grown large and is beautiful. I would love to separate them but don't want to damage the pretty one.

Can anyone give me some pointers on the best way and best time to do that or should I leave them alone and let the one die off?

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Big Pine Key, FL(Zone 11)

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 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.

Deep East Texas, TX(Zone 8a)

Yes, thank you. That makes sense.

I'm new to bromeliads but when the plant began to decline, I realized it was indeed the mother.

It is looking terrible now and I wondered if it will deliver any more pups.
Will it actually produce more with the foliage removed? Kristi

Cape Coral, FL(Zone 10a)

Hi Scott -

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!

Deep East Texas, TX(Zone 8a)

Well, it is time for an update. I did not separate the two plants.

A week ago I moved the bromeliads into the greenhouse to acclimate them for winter.

This plant was accidently handled roughly while relocating it.

The second day in the GH, I noticed a tiny pup forming.

At this point, I put up the shade cloth to keep the broms from sunburning.

Tonight, six days after moving them into their winter home, I found a bud forming.

I think (to improve the overall appearance) I will simply cut off the leaves of the dying plant.

Any thoughts if that will harm it?

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Springfield, MO(Zone 6a)

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

Deep East Texas, TX(Zone 8a)

Thank you Dave... that makes sense to leave the foliage. I did notice the new pup is growing on the younger of the two plants and fairly high above the planted level.

I am astounded at how quickly this bloom has developed. Here's hoping it will last a long time so I can enjoy it through the winter months ahead.

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Holualoa, HI

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.

Deep East Texas, TX(Zone 8a)

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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...

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