They looked something like this:
or maybe a little worse, like this:
Here's what could have cinched the deal, had Peter looked underneath the leaves:
The first time my original Neo had Pups, I removed them and thought the plant would die. One of these two is my first plant, the other is a pup. The original has continued to throw pups as it slowly declined.
These 6 Neoregelias were in too much sun and some leaves suffered sunburn. I made them portable so they can follow the shade until we find the ideal spot.
Usually a grower takes the pups off the mother plant when they are about 1/3 the size of the parent. If they're left in place, the old plant dies off, the leaves can be pulled or cut and the Pups fill the pot.
My luck ran out with the Vriesia. Developing Pups declined and died from neglect and no more appeared.
I like Neoregelias in separate pots, or maybe I could put 3 in a row in a long container before winter. None of these Bromeliads can winter where there is frost.
I wish the Outlaw Gardener had thought to check under the leaves of the Neoregelias he saw on sale. There may have been a whole family of Pups under there.