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« on: August 17, 2011, 04:41:12 »

Hi all here are some pictures of some of stranger pups on some of my plants. you might see them as normal but as im still fairly new to bromeliads i have found them to be rather strange in regards to the parent plant.

This first little pup on this brom believe it or not is about 1 year old and has not grown any bigger.
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This pup is about twice the size of the parent plant.
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here is another with different colouring in the leaf
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and another
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like i say these could be normal but whats normal lol
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« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2011, 10:57:09 »

Hi Christian, great to have another Kiwi on the forum..hope you are enjoying your new hobby!

Yes, your pups (while a little unusual) are quite normal. White Variegated (stripy type) broms often produce quite "varied" looking pups to the mother, sometimes the variegation will change as the plant gets older, sometimes there is NO variegation at all...commonly referred to as "NOVAR" pups (ie; NO VARiegation).

The first photo shows some normal large pups on the woody stolons, but the tiny one that is slow growing is referred to as a "grass pup". These are more common on Vriesea and Alcantarea genera, though Neoregelia do sometimes sprout them too, as yours has. As a rule, you can remove them when they are 3-4 inches long with a sharp knife (looking to preserve any small roots it may have sprouted) and you can fertilise it and grow it as a seedling in seed raising mix.

The pup that is bigger than the mum is also quite normal, it's just that the mother has withered and died back, putting all it's energy into the new pup. If you remove it from the mother, then re-pot mum and fertilise it, it will probably produce more pups for you before it dies. Hope that helps you a wee bit.

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« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2011, 11:53:18 »

Thanks heaps for the feed back Graeme. it always good to hear my broms are normal. Grin very informative Thanks again
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