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Re: Billbergia nutans

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.  

I'm a major bromeliad fan thanks to an elderly friend, who is a very well 
known bromeliad person.  He got me interested in it many years ago, and have 
been growing them epiphytically ever since.  Unfortunately I have very little 
knowledge about them besides that gained through experience and what I have 
learned from him.... have found few books that give interesting info.  I 
definitely enjoy growing them though.  

For those in the area who are interested:  there is a large bromeliad 
show/sale here in Houston, at the Arboretum May 30- June 1.  There was a sale 
this past weekend, but was busy with the Spring Czech Festival so unable to 
go, unfortunately. 

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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