How to Get Bromeliads to Bloom


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.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic bag
  • Apple
  • 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.

Tips & Warnings

  • 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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