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Re: Re: Bromeliads

Well, no actually. I have No idea what they are. I'll see if I can find pictures to send you of the ones I have. THANKS for the info because I was about to do this all wrong.
----- Original Message ----- From: <TeichFlora@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, May 13, 2006 8:54 PM
Subject: [CHAT] 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
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