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Guzmania - can I remove the dried part?


 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:39 am    Post subject: Guzmania - can I remove the dried part? Reply with quote

Hi,

The coloured part of the main shoot of my Guzmania dried completely. The plant has two new shoots that are still green. I wonder if I can cut off the dried part or maybe the main shoot completely? How will that affect the plant? I don't mind if it doesn't look pretty, I just don't want it to look ill or damaged.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Guzmania's are monocarpic, i.e. they only make on flower then die, so you can cut the dry part.

The new shoots or 'pups' that you mention can be removed or severed from the mother plant once they are one-third to one-half the size of the parent plant.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the reply Protein.
So that way I will end up with just the main shoot with the top missing? It won't look very nice, will it?
So Guzmanias are nice just for a short period and then...
Well what if I left the pups? It actually looks nicer with them and they're already bigger than one-half of the main part...

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 10:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

how long have u had it?

well in terms of flowering periods... its a fairly lengthy flowering period.. .compared to most plants....

you can leave both pups and let them grow side by side..... as it would do in nature...

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got it 20 months ago and it was already large and mature.
I think I leave the pups and see what happens then as it's much more interesting Smile

Thank you for your help Protein!

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