Thursday, February 5, 2009

Bromeliads -- My Favorites

Billbergia nutans

Aechmea fasciata

The "Urn Plant"

I have one blooming now.
Aechmea Nuduclis 'Mary Hyde'

I enjoy growing Bromeliads--they are so easy! Of course, it's better if you have a little greenhouse with a diffused light, such as a shade cloth or opaque fiberglass roof.

Some Bromeliads may be planted directly into the ground if protected in extreme cold.
Billbergia is one that adapts well.
To grow:
Occasionally, feed with a little diluted (1/2 strength) orchid recommended fertilizer in the "cup" of the plant and a little on the soil. The soil must be one that drains well. Always keep a little water in the "cup" of the plant. Pour out the water to protect from freeze, if weather is too cold. Protect from direct sun. It's pretty much that easy.


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