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Re: Bromeliads

The only bromeliads that I know of that "like" shade are the terrestrial  
bromeliads, Cryptanthus.  All other bromeliads do need bright light to at  least 
part sun.  Bromeliads, especially Neoregelias, etc. need some  sunlight in 
order to gain the beautiful colors.  Usually the rule of thumb  is the stiffer 
the foliage, the more sun they need.  Hechtias and Dyckias  need full sun to do 
well.  All have a tendency to rot if kept in too much  shade, and too much 
water.  Most, except terrestrials (Cryptanthus, Dyckias  and Hechtias), do best 
if potted in bark, or orchid mix, etc.  Something  with VERY good drainage.  It 
sounds very much like the bromeliads you have  are rotting.  You might be 
able to save a pup.  Helps to know what  type you have too....any clues?
zone 9
Texas Gulf Coast
In a message dated 5/13/2006 11:02:35 AM Central Standard Time,  
gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:

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

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