When a bromeliad is ordered on-line, it will either be taken as an offset from a mother plant, or it will be taken from a pot. Either way, it is possible that it has already started to grow roots. Once we remove the plant from the parent or from the pot it is in, the [...]
Bromeliads are a type of plant called epiphytes, which means that they draw moisture from the air and don’t need to be in soil to survive. While their roots can draw water and nutrients, they typically serve as a plant’s ‘anchor’, attaching and holding it place. Because of this, bromeliads will naturally fasten to and [...]
Although mosquitoes are not a pest that can harm your bromeliads, they can become very annoying to everyone around them. Mosquitoes are currently a topic of conversation as common sense and the facts often give way to rumor and sensationalism. Some officials in the Florida community and the media have even gone as far as blaming [...]
Humidity is a key requirement for healthy Bromeliads. What Is humidity? At it’s simplest, it’s just a measure of how much moisture is in the air relative to the maximum amount of moisture the air can hold. As an example, if the reading on a simple Humidity Meter is 50%, it means the air currently [...]
The two biggest threats to your bromeliads living outdoors are pests and rot. We lose more plants to root and stem rot than we do from pests, but pests can destroy leaves and slow growth if not not controlled. Pest Control Pest problems are not as common for bromeliads as some other cultivated hobbyist plants [...]
Let’s face it; most of your Bromeliads will spend their lives in pots, and choosing the right potting mix can be very important for their long term health. If the mix consists of too much soil, it can stay too wet and cause their roots to rot. Too much inorganic material and they won’t get [...]
Aechmea blanchetiana (Orange) are large full sun tolerant bromeliads that look and grow well in landscape Do you have an unprotected area of your yard and are looking to fill it in with some full sun bromeliads? Even though your bromeliad may be full sun tolerant or even love full sun, it may not be [...]
Repotting a bromeliad with all the old roots still attached could be harmful to it’s health. So pruning off the old roots actually helps the new roots off to a fresh start.
Spring is just around the corner and it’s time to start preparing your bromeliads for another season of growth and propagation. After a crazy winter across most of the country, inspect your plants for dead and dying leaves.
I often get requests for bromeliads that can handle full sun, either in the landscape or as a potted specimen in a full sun location. On the surface this seems to be a simple question, and simple questions usually have simple answers, right? Well in this case, this is a much more complex question than you would think. All full sun is not created equal. As an example, full sun in Long Beach, CA is not the same as full sun in Palm Springs, CA. For that matter, full sun in Miami, FL is not the same as full sun in Boston, MA.