Here are some easy step-by-step photos on how to actually separate and propagate new Bromeliad pups. I did, however, include background knowledge on them, so if you want to start with that post and come back you can click here.
So let’s dive into getting your hands dirty and separating these pups.
To bring you up to speed if you skipped reading my last post, if you have any shoots coming off of the sides of your Bromeliad, these are pups (new bromeliads). It’s good to separate these from the mother plant once they’re about 3-4 inches tall. Some articles online say 6 inches but all of mine have survived. If you don’t separate them, they will slowly take all the ‘life’ away from the mom. As you can see above, there are 2 shoots coming off of this one, which in fact is the SECOND time I’ve gotten pups. Making this the second easiest ‘houseplant’ for me to regrow, right after Aloes.
All of my Bromeliads are potted with regular miracle grow soil mixed with peat moss, with a 1-inch layer of sphagnum moss on the top to lock in moisture. For this plant, all I had to do was remove the sphagnum moss to get down where the pups were. For removing the pups you CAN use a knife but honestly I just apply pressure between the pup and the mom and usually, they pop off clean.
As you can see above they pop off clean and retain their own roots. These two tiny roots will be enough to sustain this pup. Even if you pull one out thats got shorter roots, it’s okay, but that is where the whole 3-4 inches comes into play. It almost guarantee’s roots.
Once you have them separated you can stick them into a new pot. I repeated the same mixture that the mother plant has. Half Miracle Grow, half peat moss, with a layer of sphagnum moss on top. One thing to know, Bromeliads don’t use roots as their main source for water, they collect it in their shoots, which means that it will take some time for the roots to grow and support themselves. So, while potting, make sure that you press the dirt down around the base and roots so that it doesn’t wobble. Once you have it in the dirt with sphagnum around, give it a nice watering and additional misting if you have a mister bottle. IT’S THAT EASY!
If you have any questions on Bromeliads leave me a comment below!