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Re: Billbergia nutans


Mine are planted in potting soil with good drainage and have done great so I
think they can take it either way. A VERY easy plant.


Andrea H
Beaufort, SC
Zone 8b

----- Original Message -----
From: "cathy carpenter" <cathyc@rnet.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Thursday, April 17, 2003 9:45 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Billbergia nutans


> I planted mine in potting soil with vermiculite added. Would they
> resent that? Should I put them in orchid mix instead?
> Cathy
>
> On Wednesday, April 16, 2003, at 07:36 PM, TeichFlora@aol.com wrote:
>
> > Off hand, I think it is Bilbergia nutans.  Anyway, just wanted to add
> > that
> > this particular bromeliad is one of the epiphytes and can grow on bark,
> > trees, etc. without soil at all.  It does not gain it's nutrients or
> > water
> > through the soil, as Theresa mentioned by watering from top.  Mine are
> > growing in the crook (forks?) in the trees.  They are very hardy here
> > in zone
> > 9 also....blooming in cooler weather.  Here they bloom Oct- May.
> >
> > Noreen
> > zone 9
> > Texas Gulf Coast
> >
> > In a message dated 4/16/2003 11:02:35 AM Central Standard Time,
> > gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:
> >
> >> Queen's tears ( I know kitty just posted the real name and I've
> >> already
> >> fogotten it- Bilbergia something or another).  Likes well drained
> >> soil,
> >> yours can stay out all winter since mine does here.  Mine's in a pot,
> >> since
> >> it fits the growth habit better in my opinion (and I live in the land
> >> of
> >> clay- not exactly well draining).  Likes being watered from above
> >> (e.g.
> >> rain
> >> or from the hose).  Drought tolerant once established.  Hmmm, that's
> >> all i
> >> guess.  Hope it grows well for you.  A picture of the mother plant is
> >> on my
> >> yahoo briefcase if you want to see it.  I got it several years ago at
> >> the
> >> Santa Cruz aboretum here in California.
> >>
> >> Theresa
> >
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