Hmm, I may just leave it on the potting bench then and not move it to
the front porch. It seems happy there so far and is in nice cool
shade w/ good air circulation at the NW corner of the house. Humidity
is higher in the back yard too, more beds, more watering going on,
more trees, etc. And I'll give it some Maxicrop every so often too.
Haven't found a plant that doesn't like that stuff yet. Thanks
Noreen, this is very helpful as I'm a newbie to this type of plant!
On 5/17/05, TeichFlora@aol.com <TeichFlora@aol.com> wrote:
> This could be what you have too, Pam. Guzmanias are the type of bromeliad
> most seen in florists, and other retailers. These, in many people's opinion,
> are one of the harder for a beginner to grow....however don't be discouraged.
> It is a high altitude plant, probably why most of us have problems...but
> this makes it a good indoor plant tolerating less light than most Bromeliads.
> In nature it grows in wetter, shadier, cooler mountainous areas of the
> Leaves are usually upward growing shiny, smooth, green (sometimes variegated
> or such) without spines, forming a tank in the center. The inflourescence
> (bloom) will emerge from the center of this cup and be either a rounded head
> or a spray of colored foliage like a fountain.
> The inflourescence lasts a long time, several weeks, to even months....which
> is why it is used by florists a lot in their flower arrangements. Let the
> bloom die (dry) totally back before cutting. Cool thing too, a lot of folks
> will keep this dried inflourescense and spray paint it and use it in dried
> arrangements. The drawback of having the bloom last so long is that once you
> cut off it off, the Guzmania really isn't that attractive for some time. This
> is when most people discard the plant, thinking it is dead. Just keep it
> though, and it will produce more plants. SOme Guzmanias grow them out of the
> inside of the original plant....different than other bromeliads that will
> shoot out new pups from the sides. Just cut off the dead leaves as they die
> back totally....eventually you'll be left with a nice clump, each new plant will
> eventually bloom and produce more pups.
> All bromeliads need good air circulation. Care of this type of the Guzmania
> depends on whom you talk to, I have found. Some say you definitely do not
> put water in the tank. Others say, put both, in pot and tank....and others
> say pot only. Hm...what I've found is that you definitely do not water any
> part that is colored.....the bloom. If you water the tank, put water in the
> areas of the leaves, not the very center of the plant. The excess water will
> then run down into the soil. This keeps me from overwatering, I found....and it
> always keeps the plant hydrated by having some water reserved in the leaves.
> I rot mine if I water the soil.....so I guess you will just have to see
> what works for you. Don't let the soil stay wet, but don't let it dry out too
> much inbetween...so as long as there is moisture in the leaf, I guess. Some
> people say do not use city water, hard water on Bromeliads of any kind. I
> use rain or whatever I have. I suppose it depends on your type of water...if
> it is extreme one way or the other...use distilled or rain water. ( I've
> personally never used distilled water on anything.) One easy way to judge if
> your plants are getting enough water......if the leaves are firm, they are well
> hydrated...if they are curling at the ends and don't feel firm, they are not.
> Just don't over water either. I'm sorry...sounds difficult, but just keep
> water in the leaf part and it should be fine. One thing that people tend to
> agree with is that Guzmanias need more fertilizer than any other
> Bromeliad......once a month or every second month with a balanced diluted fert. (some say
> reduced phosphorus, center number like 20-10-20). I don't fertilize mine,
> but that is just because I'm lazy and don't think about it.
> Hope this helps...
> zone 9
> Texas Gulf Coast
> In a message dated 5/16/2005 11:02:20 PM Central Standard Time,
> firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
> I just purchased a bromeliad.. Guzmanias... How long are they in
> Bloom?? There is a baby already! I will print out this information also!
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