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How to divide bromeliad Fascularia bicolour ??

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  1. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    Hi Barry, I have lots of these lovely plants, they are very easy to divide: tip your one out of the pot, shake off the soil, and look around the base for "pups", ie small offsets.

    These pups can gently pulled away from the parent plant, then potted up individually.

    Re-pot the parent plant, and away you go!

    Don't worry if some of the pups don't appear to have much in the way of roots, just pot them up anyway, and leave them to root themselves.

    I'll check my notes and leave another comment tomorrow as to how long they are likely to take to root: quite some time, from memory, but I haven't lost a single one yet - they seem to be very amenable.

    Hope this helps!

  2. Grower

    Valerie Holbrook

    I brought a facicularia bicolor back from Scilly last year. It's growing well in a pot, in fact I'm going to try splitting it, as it growing too big. However it hasn't flowered this year. I've just noticed some in flower near the seafront where I live in East Sussex- so is there something I should be doing to encourage mine to flower!

  3. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    Hi Valerie,

    None of mine have ever flowered so far - the best I've had so far is to get some of the leaves turning red, but mine are living in my cold, east-facing front yard, so they don't get a lot of sun.

    They do seem to flourish in poor, well-drained soil: they don't need a good rich deep bed at all. I suspect that drainage is a large part of this - they don't need much water, being tough and leathery.

    So I'd suggest that potting them on into free-draining soil/compost, and keeping them in the sunniest possible spot, might be the way to go?

  4. Grower

    Valerie Holbrook

    Think you are right about putting in a hot spot. Mine is in a big pot so that i can move it in winter, as I am not sure how frost hardy they are. All those flowering on the seafront near me are in walled gardens, but must get blasted by the wind in winter.

  5. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    Mine certainly thrive here in South Oxfordshire, in the aforementioned cold, east-facing yard: but then we haven't had a bitterly cold long winter for a while now.

    On the seafront, it's often windy, but they wouldn't mind that, being low-growing and solid to the ground, with leathery leaves that don't get shredded by the wind and which don't lose moisture. And on the coast, it's rarely frosty - walled gardens are often very sheltered indeed, so it's not surprising that they like it down there!

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    Jess Allaway

    I have had one of these plants for quite a few years and been wondering how to divide it. The inner leaf part of the rosettes turn a bright red and the central flowers a beautiful blue in the autumn, but the whole plant looks pot bound in a 18" wide pot, some rosettes looking a bit crushed in. It has about eight or nine large separate rosettes. There are quite a few side shoots, but removing those would not make much more room. Would like to "thin it out" a bit but scared of harming it. Am in north Argyll, 100 miles north of Glasgow, but very mild area and plant put into cold greenhouse in winter. Anyone ever tried to remove whole sections from this plant? Would appreciate any advice.

  7. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    I have to say, Jess, some of mine were pretty "crushed in" looking, and they didn't seem to mind! If you don't like the crushed look, I'd suggest gently removing some of the "pups" at the sides, potting them up, and then when they are of the right size, replacing the crushed one. You could either sell the over-large one, or find it a bigger pot!

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