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How to Transplant Bromeliad Plants

By Nannette Richford ; Updated September 21, 2017
Bromeliads originate in tropical forests.
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Native to the tropical and subtropical regions of Central and South America, terrestrial bromeliads are grown for their brilliant foliage and waxy green leaves. According to the Bromeliad Society International, the pineapple is the most well-known of over 3,000 species of bromeliads. In the wild, the cup-shaped reservoir created by the rosette of leaves holds water, creating a mini ecosystem. Small creatures and insects live and die in the water, furnishing the plant with vital nutrients. In the home, bromeliads provide exotic foliage and create a tropical atmosphere.

Transplant bromeliads when the roots fill the original container.

Select a plant pot one size bigger than the current pot. For small plants, a 1- to 2-inch increase in pot size is sufficient. For larger plants, choose a pot 3 to 4 inches larger than the current pot.

Fill the pot 1/2 to 3/4 full with potting soil designed for bromeliads.

Hold the plant in one hand. Place your free hand over the rim of the pot so your palm rests on the soil. Slip the stem between your fingers.

Turn the pot over. Tap the bottom lightly to slide the plant out of the pot.

Replant the bromeliad in the new pot so the roots spread over the soil and the stem rests at its original planting depth.

Fill in around the roots with fresh soil and firm down to secure the plant.

Water thoroughly until water runs clear of the bottom of the pot. Resume normal care.


Things You Will Need

  • Plant pot
  • Bromeliad potting media

About the Author


Nannette Richford is an avid gardener, teacher and nature enthusiast with more than four years' experience in online writing. Richford holds a Bachelor of Science in secondary education from the University of Maine Orono and certifications in teaching 7-12 English, K-8 General Elementary and Birth to age 5.