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Bromeliads are easy to care for, because they are remarkably tolerant to extreme heat, cold and drought, some even grow at the seashore and some are epiphytes “Air Plants”. You can keep them anywhere like screen enclosures, outside in shady areas, or even in full sun. When inside your home, place them close to a window.

In general, the hard, spiny thick leaved Bromeliads like in the genus of Aechmeas, Neoregalias, Tillandsias, and Ananas (Pineapples) require less watering and tolerate lots of bright light. Softer, thinner foliage bromeliads like guzmanias and vrieseas require more watering and less light.

To water your bromeliads, it is not necessary to pour water in the cup since the plant will absorb adequate water through its root system. If you choose to water the cup, don’t allow it to get old or your plant will rot. Change it once a week. Allow the soil to become nearly dry before watering.

Bromeliads only bloom once in their lifetime, after blooming is complete, it will die very slowly over the next year or so but it will replace itself with new plants call pups. Remove pups when they are about half of the size of the mother plant, to do so cut with sharp knife cutting as close as possible to the mother plant, then choose the right pot size and plant it using Bromeliad Mix for best results and faster growing.

For better results growing your bromeliads use slow release (6-7 months) fertilizer pellets. For example Nutricote 18-6-8 to stablish your plant, and then continue with Nutricote 13-13-13 afterwards to strengthen them. Spread fertilizer in the soil around it but away from plant so it wont burn. For 4”- 6” pot use 1 teaspoon, for 8” pots 1 Tablespoon, and for 3 Gal pots 2 Tablespoon.

For insects like mealy bugs/scales/mites/whites Fly’s use Triple Action Neen Oil or Malathion.

For fungus use Captan Fungicide or Dithane M-45 never use anything with copper on bromeliads because copper will damage your plant. Never dip your plant in a bucket of water you will spread decease to other plants, Drench them separately. Always make sure you read the chemical label first.

   



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