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|Some nice new releases|
?Starting a New Bromeliad Garden?????
One of the most common Questions I am asked from those New to growing is does my plant flower again-See growing pups for more .
|New Release Neoregelia -eBay|
|Bromeliads & Orchids enjoy similar environment.|
|As seen on EBay- New Hyb.|
|Neoregelia in harmony|
Neoregelias offer an endless array of stunning colors shapes & sizes and are one of the most rewarding Bromeliads to grow. The biggest problem often presented with these fascinating plants is deciding, just which ones to have and even harder, where to stop. With new releases arriving all the time and there always seems to be, just one better, always around the corner. So often we find ourselves finding space for that 'just one more'...............
There is a Neoregelia to suit even the fussiest of connoisseurs, their supreme beauty will happily enhance any style of garden.
As exotic as these wonderful plants may appear, they are not as difficult to grow as one may think.
In their ideal environment, Bromeliads certainly take out the 1st class honors for being one of the most forgiving of garden plants. Unlike many of the exotics, ferns + shade house plants, many are so addicted to liquid sunshine that they sadly mysteriously vanish after your weekend away form home.
Neoregelias and many other Bromeliads in their ideal environment are great self sufficient survivors. Many even carry their own water tanks and are uniquely designed to catch the maximum rainfall and other nutrients from the forest. They survive on minimal nutrient. As we don't all have the ideal forest and want our plants to more than survive, in fact thrive, it is ideal to add very small amounts of fertilizer to rooted young plants. After this application, many Neoregelias will not require any further feeding. The basic idea is to give them a good boost to start them off and as this nutrition wears off, the plants brilliant rewarding color journey really begins.
Light in many ways is essential for the best color in your Neoregelias. It is a good idea to keep new plants in pots, so they can be moved around your garden to maximize the light without burning the plants. It also helps a lot to purchase plants that have come from a well lit environment, other wise you may need to re-adjust them gradually to avoid scorching, especially in the summer months.
In time your plants will produce offsets or pups. These can be used to increase the size of your collection or swap for new varieties with other collectors.
POTTING UP and Growing Your New PUPS- **See notes below
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|Newly potted young Neoregelia hybrid offsets.|
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***New releases that will be available soon, on the market as well as some great favorites, pictured below..
|Neoregelia New Release|
|New release coming soon.|
|One of Bobby Dazzler- Patchwork Hybrids|
|N.Wild Tiger - Mini Favorite|
|Beautiful blending colors in these stunning Neoregelia.|
|N.Two Tone x Gee Whizz- Grows Huge 1m+.|
Basic growing notes are also enclosed with plants.
*** Potting mix, additives, basic pots + plant tags etc.. can also be purchased on request.
*Ideal for those who live in out of the way places where they are unable to access these products.
Although many potting mixes can be used on Bromeliads, some like to mix their own. Please read on....
|Tip of Knife shows area where to cut.|
Safely removing pups for growing on.
The pups should come away leaving only small scar on the parent plant. Sometimes pup may be already rooted which is an added bonus for those in cold climates. Striking can be sometimes slow in the cooler weather.
A serrated knife is good for the job.
With practice, pups can also be removed by hand holding your thumb + forefinger close to parent- moving to left, right and down, until it breaks away. Extreme care should be taken as pup can easily break away in the wrong place. It is wise to begin with a knife.
The example here shows the process on some Neoregelia hybrids.
|Scar on parent should be minimal.|
It may however assist in cooler areas where striking can be slow as the anti fungal properties in these products may help protect your young plant from bacterial infection.
|Neoregelia pup ready to pot.|
Dipped + ready to pot up, your New Neoregelia plant will strike in around 4-6 weeks in warm areas and 6 to 12 weeks in cooler areas [sometimes longer]. This can vary a lot from one plant to another depending on location and other environmental factors...so these times are very general. If for some reason your plant has not struck within 8 weeks or so, it can sometimes be helpful to re-dip the plant and change the potting mix for a fresh lot.
Now potted- label your plant.
If your plant seems a tad unstable, insert some bamboo satay sticks bush timber or similar, into the pot.
Avoid using any timber products that have been treated in anyway as many Bromeliads are very sensitive to these types of chemicals especially copper which is very toxic to Neoregelia and many other Bromeliads.
Plants that grow on long stolons can be more easily removed.
They can be trimmed as shown below.
The roots will appear just below the base of the leaves close to where my finger is pointing.
|Roots form here|
|Stem can be cut if desired [also applies on Mini hybrids]|
Although many potting mixes are suitable- as long as they are very free draining, some like to mix their own. Orchid mix can be used but you may need to add other products if overly chunky to help keep plants moist during the summer months. Some useful additions are shown here.
***Left to right is; Charcoal, composted pine- bark [medium grade] Pearlite, potash + some slow release fertilizer.
***Potash and crushed eggshells are good to add to the potting mix at any stage of potting up.
Slow release fertilizer is best added after pups are well rooted + ready to be re-potted.
|Good potting mix|
|Crushed eggshells added to the mix|
|PLEASE DO WEAR GLOVES WHEN POTTING UP!|
****Sulfate of Potash added to your mix has good anti-fungal properties as well as promoting healthy roots + good color in your plants.
***Charcoal also has great anti fungal properties.
Any of these products can be safely used when potting up your new Neoregelia + most other epiphytic type of Bromeliad offsets/pups. Ground dwelling [terrestrial] Bromeliads, such as Ananas prefer a finer growing medium. Most of the commercially available Quality free draining mixes are suitable for these.
Pests and Diseases are relatively rare in Bromeliads. In an appropriate environment with good drainage, air light and humidity Bromeliads are quite resistant to these problems. When unwanted insects are discovered it is usually on plants that have been neglected, suffering over dryness, over wet soil, stagnant air, too much calcium and general neglect. In these instances with early detection problems are easy controlled by treating effected plants appropriately and moving plants more to a happier environment.
Well maintained, healthy happy plants rarely become effected and the rewards of growing these magnificent plants is rarely burdened by these issues.
May your New Neoregelias Bloom & grow with beauty & color as they do for me.
Please also see other Blogs- http://bromeliadsmycollection.blogspot.com -Collection Photos
*Seed raising + More http://bromeliad-growing.blogspot.com/
*Garden friendly creatures http://creature-creations.blogspot.com/
*Online Nursery - Color your world today with Beautiful Exotic Bromeliads http://www.bromeliadexoticsonlinestore.com/
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