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How to Get Bromeliads to Bloom

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Bromeliads are popular plants with the most common being the pineapple. However, many bromeliads are kept as houseplants. They only bloom once; if you get impatient waiting, you can speed the process along.

Place the bromeliad plant, pot and all, into a clear plastic bag.

Put a ripe apple into the same bag. Leave a small hole for some air, but keep it limited. The apple will produce ethylene gas, which triggers the flowering process.

Move the bag and its contents out of direct sunlight for a week.

Pot Bromeliads

Mix 3 parts pine bark, 1 part sand and 1 part peat moss and fill your planting pot with this soilless potting mixture. Dig a hole in the middle of the soilless potting mixture, place the bromeliad's roots in the hole and fill in the hole around it, tapping it down lightly. Water the plant once a day or as necessary to keep the soil mixture moist.


The bromeliad must be of a certain size and maturity to bloom. To help it reach that state, feed, water and care for it according to its guidelines. Add a little Epsom salt to help speed the process along.

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