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The family Bromeliaceae are epiphytes originating from the southern United States, South America and West Indies, where they grow on trees, stumps and decaying branches. Their colourful bracts last several months, making them ideal house plants, particularly for a warm conservatory or glasshouse.
Characteristically, bromeliads are shallow rooted with leaves frequently formed in a cupped rosette. The flowers are usually small and insignificant in contrast to the showy bracts.
After flowering, the rosette from which the flower was produced will die. However, most plants produce offsets from the base of the plant before flowering and these will form new plants. Plants purchased in flower seldom have offsets but, if you continue to water old plants, basal shoots usually form. Old plants can be kept for two to three years, producing offsets at intervals.
Bromeliads can be raised from seed, although seedlings may take five years or more to flower.
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