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Re: Bromeliads

I apologize for jumping in.  I'm so behind on emails, so I'm starting  from 
here and going backward.  The subject matter caught my eye.
Don't throw away the mother plant until it dies back.  She will  continue to 
throw off pups for quite some time.  You can cut the pups when  they are grown 
enough to live on their own, or you can leave the pups on the  plant.  I 
personally don't cut the pups off.  The mother plant will  eventually disapear, 
but you won't notice because the pups with cover it  in.  If you discard the 
mother plant befor the pups are old enough, they  wont' make it, since they get 
their "nourishment" from the mother plant.  
zone 9
Texas Gulf Coast
In a message dated 5/13/2006 11:02:35 AM Central Standard Time,  
gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:

Because  it stays so humid here most of the time, I was thinking of adding 
some  orchid bark to the potting mix to help with drainage. I use Fafard, but 
the particular one I have is not as coarse as I'd like.  What do you  think? 
Do you discard the mother plant because it won't bloom again on  that 
particular "part"? I have some keikis, but truthfully I discarded a  few due 
to rot. One plant I just tossed out completely. Dry shade I can  do. I can 
put them with the begonias.

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