I have the same problem with mine I just got it and it has mold growing in the center and has a very bad smell to it I'm not sure what to do if you could let me know what you did to fix it I would very grateful please and thank you!
I have had a bromeliad plant for about 10 years and have found that when a "baby" plant pops up, the bigger "mother" plant often fades and gradually dies. I remove the mother plant when it becomes pretty brown. If I remember correctly, I gently broke them apart with my hands. The roots are pretty shallow, so it's not real tough. Good Luck!
Mother's had many gifts of Bromeliads over the years, we had them in Hawaii, and when I read more about these tropicals back then, I learned that they will often simply bloom then die, from the inside out. Check online for lengthy information...Google>bromeliad care. I believe we only watered their cup when dry. Watch for the leaves to curl, that's a sign of dryness and possible end of it's life. The large flowers that come out are their pride and joy, so don't disturb or touch the flower. They may be the lovliest flower you'll see for a while, and if not pink, are a good plant for men because of the bold leaves and growth habit.
Good luck and God bless you. : )
here in florida, we grow bromeliads outdoors, and they multiply by the thousands. unless your bromeliad leaves are turning brown, i don't think there's a big problem. here, the plants grow under trees or under the dripline - and the fussy gardener will "clean out" the bromeliad with a hose. but mine are happy, with dead tree leaves and insects and all kinds of yuck sitting in their cups. if you really think there's something wrong, break off the new plant and throw the larger one away.
I was given a bromeliad last November. The original plant died down, but there are four healthy looking new ones growing around it. It has been outside all summer, but I must bring it in now. Should I separate the new shoots and pot them?
By Miriam B.
No. I would leave them as is. I have a plant tha is over 20 years and is still in the same pot.I get flowers on the new 'pups' every other year as it seems to take that long for the 'pups' to mature. Just make sure you keep the bowls full of water.
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