Bromeliads are many things — beautiful, exotic, easy to care for, versatile and varied. But one thing that bromeliads aren’t? Eager to rebloom.
However, the answer to the question of whether bromeliads rebloom isn’t actually as straightforward as it seems. Confused yet? Allow us to explain.
First, let’s start off with a few facts:
- With a few exceptions, bromeliads only bloom once.
- However, the blooms last an exceptionally long time — months or even up to a year.
- Bromeliads grow and bloom year round. It’s always bromeliad season!
Now, let’s get on to the heart of the question. To truly understand the answer to our title question, it’s essential to understand the lifecycle of bromeliads.
The Lifecycle of Bromeliads
What happens when a bromeliad bloom dies?
After you’ve enjoyed your bromeliad bloom for many months, you may start to notice it browning or losing petals. This is a sign that your plant is reaching the end of its blooming cycle. At this point, there's nothing you can do to “save” the flower — once it begins to brown and fade, the only option is removal.
How can I safely remove the bloom from my bromeliad?
When a bromeliad bloom becomes an eyesore on your plant, it’s time to remove it. Use a clean pair of shears to cut as far down the flower stalk as you can.
So…what do I do with my bromeliad now?
Now, here’s where it gets interesting. Once you’ve removed the flower of your bromeliad, you can still continue caring for your plant exactly as you have been doing. With the flower removed, your bromeliad will eventually begin producing “pup” plants. Your new plant offspring can stay on the parent plant until they are about one-third of the size of the parent. At this point, you can remove the pups and replant them — and you guessed it: the pups will then bloom on their own.
So, as you can see, your original bromeliad won’t rebloom, but the pup plants will begin the same lifecycle, starting several more months of beautiful bromeliad blooms.
One Final Word About Bromeliads
With all of that said, many people find replanting the pup plants of bromeliads to be too tedious a care job, so don’t feel like a failure if you aren’t up for transplanting. While you can replant your bromeliad pups to enjoy fresh blooms again, successfully nurturing new plants into a blooming cycle can be a big challenge. If you feel up for the challenge, go for it! If not, you may be better off just buying new bromeliads and enjoying the long-lasting blooms for as long as they stick around.
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