Growing Tips - Bromeliads as Epiphytes
This is especially helpful for mounting larger Neoregelia and Aechmea Hybrids where feeding this way will encourage the roots to grab more quickly as well as produce a large strong plant.
Once your pups arrive light spraying can recommence in the pup area. A good liquid fertilizer used for Orchids I find ideal mixed at the recommended rate.
Personally, I avoid fish type of liquid fertilizer as some contain high level of salt which can build up residue on the foliage.
'No Fuss Spraying'
Is very handy to Keep a small cheap hand sprayer nearby, filled with fertilizer. This really simplifies the task, so even if your plant is high up you can use the 'jet' setting to give it a regular squirt.
The center of the plants should be flushed out with just water regularly to avoid build up of dried nutrients.
Totally worth the effort as you can just see them grow.
To Tie on Your Plant
Aechmea Naudicaulis - All types
Aechmea Gamesepala Match sticks
Aechmea Recurvata - All types
Aechmea Orlandiana - all types.
Aechmea Rainbow [Bert]
Aechmea correia-araujoi - grows sideways + down in a zig zag pattern.
Billbergia Pyramidalis All types
Billbergia Pyramidalis Kyoto - offsets *Will climb with encouragement
Neoregelia Rosy Morn - very large showy
Neoregelia Concentrica various forms
Neoregelia Takamura ,, ,,
Neoregelia Spectabilis 2 forms [very hardy]
Neoregelia most varieties - providing adequate moisture available [or misting].
Neoregelia Good climbers with long stolons.
Compacta Dark form 30-40cm
Red Speck albomarginata 30-40cm
Strawberry Ice - ,, 45-55cm
*Stolons = *New Plants develop on the end of a long stem 20-30cm long. Roots form on the base of this new offset and cling to the nearest object + climb.
Climbing types of Bromeliads including Neoregelia grow very well up palms.
I mount these 2 ways ;
1/- At the base; It is a good idea for some of the larger ones- is to just put a bit of mulch at the base then once rooted- up + away they go.
Various types of Bromeliads + Neoregelia are very good as they don't worry about root competition in fact they seem to like the situation and feed off it.
Often I use a mix of mushroom compost when available + pine bark to lighten it up- but even a stack of leaf mulch will do + a touch of 9-12 month, Nutricote high potash, Osmocote for Roses, or you could use my own special 'BR Custom High Potash Bromeliad Fertilizer Prills' added.
-Once settled- off they go.
2/ You can also tie them up the trunk at various highs adds good interest and is often more ideal better for some of the smaller types and Large types- a bit of long strand sphagnum moss with a pinch of Osmocote for a good kick start. You may initially loose a tad of color but not for long- gives them a faster grab, so they get going.
They also go well in a small wire basket bent to fit tree or *nail* on a pot or small chunk of bark filled with sphagnum to help hold them temporarily.
*For many trees I wouldn't recommend using nails, however with palm trees- it is fine as they are made up inside with fibers like a bunch of drinking straws so the rest of the tree or bark is not detrimentally effected by the scarred area in any way.
Happy growing Deb