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Re: Bromeliads

Mine like it on the dry side, and are not particularly pot bound.  
When they finish blooming, I wait for off shoots to appear, then  
divide the plants, repotting the keikis and discarding the "mother  
plant". I use a general purpose potting mix, however, that said, I  
have had a bad experience with cut rate potting mix - found it mucky  
and very slow to drain. Thank God I discovered the issue before I  
bought more than two bags.

Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On May 12, 2006, at 7:54 PM, Andrea Hodges wrote:

> Hi all! I haven't been keeping up too much with Chat lately. I hope  
> everyone
> is doing well. I'm finished with my classes for the semester.  
> Hallelujah!
> I have inherited several bromeliads from the nursery I work for  
> since they
> were no longer retail quality. I know nothing about them except  
> they like
> water in their cups. My question is, how do I take care of them?  
> All of them
> have leaves with dead portions, and they were planted in some  
> horrible mucky
> media. Some rot, definitely some anaerobic conditions going on.  
> Some of them I
> just yanked out of their pots and spread the roots out and left  
> lying there
> the smell was so bad. I thought I was going to gag, and I'm usually  
> not that
> weak stomached.
> What do they like? Shade I know, but what kind of potting media?  
> How big of a
> pot? How much water? These were saturated. I turned them upside  
> down to let
> all the gunk out. Where do I go now?
> I know I can look it up but I'd like to hear from some of you who  
> are good at
> them.
> A
> Andrea Hodges
> Beaufort, SC
> Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue
> www.blueridgeboxerrescue.com
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