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April 26, 2017 2 min read

When a bromeliad is ordered on-line, it will either be taken as an offset from a mother plant, or it will be taken from a pot. Either way, it is possible that it has already started to grow roots.

Once we remove the plant from the parent or from the pot it is in, the roots will stop growing and start to die. If the roots are not removed, there is a good chance that they will retain excess moisture and begin to rot. This decaying process can be introduced to the stem where stem rot can occur, which is a common reason why many new bromeliads are lost.

It is important to understand that new roots do not grow from old roots but from the stem. Once a bromeliad is repotted or mounted, with proper care, it will begin the process of growing new roots quite quickly from the stem.

Once the selected bromeliad has had the roots pruned back to the stem, it is cleaned in a solution of anti-bacterial soap, hydrogen peroxide and vitamin B-1. From there it is then dipped in a solution of contact insecticide to eliminate the possibility of your new plant harboring any unwanted pests, and then hung out to dry.

Once all of the plants in an order are dried and ready to be packaged, they are wrapped in newsprint, first around the stem and then around the whole plant. This further helps reduce moisture that could possibly start some form of bacterial infection or decay.

With those careful steps, you should receive Bromeliads capable of not only restarting their growth but also flourishing in their new home.

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