What Is Bloom Of Death?

Monocarpic plants are plants that die after they flower. The plant dies after it’s done blooming which is why it is also called the bloom of death.

How can we tell which plants are monocarpic?
One way to tell if the plant is monocarpic is by the way the plant flowers. If the flower comes out from the center of the plant and the whole plant seems to transform into a bloom stalk, it usually is monocarpic. Otherwise the bloom usually comes from the sides of the plant.

Example of flower coming out from the center of the plant - Kalanchoe luciae.

Image from Forest and Kim Starr

Example of flower blooming from the sides - Echeveria glauca

Image from Bamboo Bay Area

So what can we do?
Plants that fall in the monocarpic category can still live a long life. Once you see the flower appear, the amount of care you give the parent plant is up to you. Many growers prefer to harvest pups and continue the plant’s life cycle in that way. You may also wish to save seed if you are a collector or enthusiast.

More examples of monocarpic plants:

Agave victoriana

Image from plantingman.com

Agave vilmoriniana

Image from Gardenia.net

Agave gypsophila

Image from Flickr

Aechmea blanchetiana

Image from Bromeliad Paradise

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