Updated: July 2, 2023

If you are a plant enthusiast or simply want to expand your indoor garden, propagating plants is a great way to do so. One beautiful plant that is worth propagating is the Pink Quill plant (Tillandsia cyanea). With its stunning pink bracts and vibrant purple flowers, it can add a pop of color to any space. In this article, we will guide you on how to propagate the Pink Quill plant the right way.

Understanding the Pink Quill Plant

Before we delve into the propagation process, it is important to understand the Pink Quill plant. Native to Ecuador, this tropical epiphytic bromeliad thrives in warm and humid environments. Its unique feature is its long, arching stems with pink bracts that resemble a feather quill. The plant produces beautiful purple flowers that emerge from these bracts.

In order to successfully propagate the Pink Quill plant, it is essential to have a healthy parent plant. Ensure that your parent plant has been well taken care of, receiving adequate sunlight, water, and nutrients. A healthy parent plant will produce strong and viable pups, which are the offshoots used for propagation.

Propagation Methods

There are two common methods for propagating the Pink Quill plant: division and offsets.


Division is the most common method of propagating bromeliads like the Pink Quill plant. To propagate using this method, follow these steps:

  1. Carefully remove the parent plant from its pot.
  2. Gently separate the pups from the parent plant by pulling them away from the base.
  3. Ensure that each pup has some roots attached.
  4. Plant each pup in a separate pot filled with well-draining soil or an orchid mix.
  5. Water the pups regularly but avoid overwatering as bromeliads are susceptible to root rot.


Offsets, also known as offshoots or suckers, are small plantlets that grow from the base of the parent plant. This method is similar to division but involves leaving the pups attached to the parent plant until they have grown larger and developed their own root system. Here’s how to propagate using offsets:

  1. Identify the offsets that have grown large enough to be separated from the parent plant.
  2. Gently twist or cut the offset away from the parent plant, ensuring it has some roots attached.
  3. Plant each offset in its own pot filled with well-draining soil or an orchid mix.
  4. Water the offsets regularly, but be careful not to overwater as bromeliads are prone to root rot.

Proper Care for Propagated Pink Quill Plants

Once you have successfully propagated your Pink Quill plants, it is important to provide them with proper care to ensure their healthy growth. Here are some tips:


Pink Quill plants prefer bright indirect light. Place your propagated plants in a location where they can receive bright, filtered sunlight for a few hours each day. Avoid placing them in direct sunlight as it can scorch their leaves.


Bromeliads like the Pink Quill plant have unique water requirements. Instead of watering them through their soil, they should be watered directly into their central rosette or cup-like structure. Fill the rosette with water and allow it to drain out completely before refilling.

Watering frequency will depend on environmental conditions such as temperature and humidity. As a general guideline, water your Pink Quill plants every 1-2 weeks, ensuring that they do not sit in stagnant water.


Pink Quill plants thrive in humid environments. To increase humidity around your propagated plants, you can place a tray filled with water near them or use a humidifier. Misting the plants occasionally can also help maintain adequate humidity levels.


Fertilize your propagated Pink Quill plants with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted to half strength. Apply the fertilizer once a month during the growing season (spring and summer) and reduce frequency during the dormant period (fall and winter).


Pink Quill plants prefer temperatures between 60°F (15°C) and 80°F (27°C). Protect them from extreme temperature fluctuations, drafts, and cold drafts as they can damage the plant.


Propagating the Pink Quill plant is an exciting and rewarding process. Whether you choose division or offsets, following the right techniques and providing proper care will ensure successful propagation. With their vibrant colors and unique appearance, these propagated plants will surely be a stunning addition to your indoor garden. So, get your gardening tools ready and enjoy expanding your collection of Pink Quill plants!