the urban gardeness

a novice gardener's adventures in chicago gardening

Vriesea propagation: Part 1

So I took my first stab (no pun intended) at plant propagation with my vriesea bromeliad to try to get it to bloom again. I took the two pups off the mother plant and—as I was daunted by the task of making my own vriesea potting mix—planted them in a well-draining Miracle-Gro cactus, palm & citrus potting mix.

I just read in a guide to growing a vriesea that a clay pot is better for humid climates, while plastic is better for drier places (I assume Chicago falls into the latter category, but I’ve already used clay). The plant is watered by filing the leaf rosettes with water, letting the residual flow into the potting mix. Humidity should also be added by placing it on a tray of gravel.

The leaves are very yellow on these plants (they’ve been indoors and, I’ll admit, slightly neglected) so I’m curious to see what change occurs with repotting and placing them outside.

vriesea: after

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