Bromeliad ba­bies grow­ing pup fast

Sunday Mirror - - PUZZLES -

My bromeliad is pro­duc­ing baby plants. What do I do with them? Der­rick, Swin­don. DAVID: Most flower only once, then pro­duce off­sets – pups – be­fore dy­ing. Wait for pups to reach half the mother’s height then cut them away us­ing a sharp ster­ilised knife or saw. Pot with or­chid com­post and sup­port with a cane. Roots will take time to de­velop, so don’t panic. Place in in­di­rect light. Keep com­post lightly moist as the pups get es­tab­lished.

As an­other long Bri­tish win­ter be­gins, it’s the thought of those first spring flow­ers push­ing up through the ground that gives us some­thing to look for­ward to – and hope for a fine sum­mer to come.

So if you want this feel­ing in your own gar­den next spring, now’s the time to get plant­ing.

Get­ting bulbs into the ground now gives them a chance to charge over win­ter, ready to burst into spec­tac­u­lar colour in the new year.

Plant the right mix­ture and you could be look­ing at a kalei­do­scope of colour from Jan­uary all the way through to June.

And, of course, they’ll be back ev­ery year, grow­ing and mul­ti­ply­ing with each pass­ing sea­son.

So ef­fort now means beau­ti­ful blooms for ages to come.

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