Make a Bromeliad bloom by putting the entire plant in a plastic bag with an apple for one week, the apple produces ethylene gases and revs up the blooming process. I heard this, but have not tried it as of yet, I need to, mine has not bloomed in the 2 years I've have it.
By Linda from Oceanside, CA
Most bromeliands will only bloom once in their lifetime. After that they will produce pups, which can be detached and rooted to grow separately. These will eventually bloom at maturity.
The apple works but don't forget to empty the cup of the plant of water first and don't water while in the bag. Note: only add 2 plants of blooming size with 1 apple to the bag. Some years they don't bloom but forcing usually does the trick even if it is a little younger than 2 years old. Blooming age is 2 year plants.
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