If you think you have run out of places to keep bromeliad plants then this is the guide for you. Bromeliads can be kept in a range of positions, some of which my not be obvious. With these hints and a little imagination you will soon be thinking of ways to expand your collection.
Nature's Bromeliad Positions
Bromeliads are a versatile group of plants. In nature they are found growing in the ground (terrestrial), in trees or on dead wood (epiphyte), or on rocks (saxicolous) Some species are even native to more than one of these locations.
Bromeliad position can also be thought of in terms of how much light they receive. Many are familiar wiith neoregelias that take bright shade and a bit of morning sun. Other groups such as Alcantarea, Puya and Dyckia can take a lot more light. Bromelids can be found from dense forrests to arid alpine peaks and this diversity can also help you find suitable positions to explore.
Let's take a look at some of the actual places people keep their broms.
With most species being suitable for low light indoor bromeliads can make for a welcome addition to a well lit room. In Europe where the days are short and cold this is often the case. In such countries flowering bromeliads are commonly sold in florist shops. People buy the floral arrangement that comes with it's own 'vase' and position it in their living room.
I have personally kept tillandsias indoors with excellent results. I had them hanging in my bathroom from a picture hook. In this position they also enjoyed a drink of humid air every time someone had a shower.
If all of your ground space has been used them mabye it's time to look up for a new brom spot. The obvious place is to position them is in a tree. Shaded forks where leaves collect and water is chanelled can be the perfect aspect.
Many broms can also be mounted on cork bark, wood shingles or logs. These can be positioned virtually anywhere so long as the light is suitable.
An epiphyte 'wall' can be as simple as positioning mounted bromeliads from a series of hooks. A more advanced wall can be created by meshing coconut fiber to the surface and planting the broms out vertically.
Securing the plants can be aceived through several methods. Hot melt glue is typically used, particularly with Tillandsias. Wire or twine is also suitable. One important thing to remember is copper wire should never be used and bromeliad plants should not be attached to copper treated (CCA) timber. This is because copper above trace levels is the kiss of death for bromeliads.
It is also worth mentioning that bromeliads grown as epiphytes may not grow with the vigor of pot grown plants. This is because they do not have access to water and nutrients through their roots in the same way. You can help the plant by keeping it's cup full of clean water and applying dilute fertiliser weekly.
Most common bromeliads can be kept in hanging pots but some are particularly effective. Cascading varieties such as Acanthostachys or stoloniferous 'candleabra' minitaure neos are very suitable candidates.
Landscape or Xeriscape
Not all broms need to be confined to the shade. Alcantareas are large growing bromeliads that have become popular as feature plants in landscapes. Arid xeriscape gardens can also be created using using the various Dyckias and Puya bromeliads that have become more readily available in recent years.
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Bromeliad Positions - The Places You Can Keep Broms
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2 February 2009
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