fruit&veg
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ID plant & help with baby please?!

I 'rescued' this plant a while ago from a supermarket where it was reduced to 20p due to the state of it! Unfortunately it fell off my trolley on the way out and I ran over it and knacked it further lol. I have had it in my garden since in it's pitiful state and have just brought it inside and noticed a very healthy looking little 'baby'. How do I remove it and repot it? And what is this plant? I know it should have a long colourful flower coming up from the middle.

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Kisal
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It looks like a bromeliad to me. I don't have much experience with them, so really can't give you detailed advice.

The University of Maryland offers this page about bromeliads:

https://www.gardens.si.edu/horticulture/res_ed/fctsht/brome.html
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Ahhh now you mention the name that sounds familiar actually, as I once bought my grandma one of these plants! That page is useful thank you! I also googled bromeliad cuttings and it says you have to wait until the pup is one quarter-one half the size of the plant and has roots and a hard base before cutting it with a blade.

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Yup. that's a bromeliad. I've had a couple for a few years. When my first plant started having babies I ended up with seven or eight that I cut off of the mother plant, with a steak knife. It is probably best that the babies have roots when you cut them off, but to be honest, in my experimenting, as long as you cut the babie's base and the base is still intact, and you keep a little tiny pool of water in the cup shaped leaves, it doesn't seem to matter.

Also I waited to cut the babies from mine till they were ranging from five to eight inches tall. They are very easy growers. Your mother plant is going to continue to have it's leaves dry out and die, but as it's loosing life, you're probably going to get a few more baby plants.

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ok thanks!! can you see the roots when they have grown? cos it's quite embedded in the plant and im a bit scared to cut it not knowing where to cut!

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When I've done it before, telling where the baby began and the mother plant ended was a challenge, but in general, as long as you saw back and forth with a serated knife, between the bases of the mother plant and the pup, that worked. That's what I've done, and I haven't lost a plant yet. Even ones that don't have roots yet. Again, as long as the cup like leaves have small pools of water, the bromeliads seem to do just fine.



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