Special bromeliad fertiliser
This is the top notch commercial grade fertiliser used by nurseries. Slow release fertilisers that you get on shelves of supermarkets are just activated by soil temperature and not soil moisture. This special bromeliad fertiliser is 'controlled release fertiliser' which is activated by both soil temperature and moisture. It releases fertiliser when plant needs it. Also unlike many standard fertiliser on supermarket shelves which usually feeds for 3 months, this fertiliser feeds for 12 months. Plus you only need a quarter tablespoon (4-5 gms) per 4” (100mm) pot. That means our 240 gms fertiliser bag can be sufficient for about 50 X 4″ pots.
Directions: Half fill the pot with a good quality, free draining potting mix. Sprinkle appropriate amount of fertiliser* and place the plant in it. Fill with remaining potting mix. Fertiliser may be mixed with the potting mix, but applying fertiliser at the root zone can achieve quicker results. One application lasts 12 months (at 21 deg C average soil temp.) *Use about quarter tablespoon (4-5 gms) per 4” (100mm) pot. Adjust the amount as per the pot size.
Please note that if your bromeliad is a coloured one, it may turn green within a few days. Extensive experiments in our greenhouse have shown that it really doesn’t matter if your coloured bromeliad turns green in the beginning. In fact, it will serve to establish your plant, giving out good vegetative growth.
(This fertiliser is suitable for tubestock, pups and young bromeliads for vigorous growth.) You can then apply an appropriate high potassium fertiliser, which will bring out the colour.
Highly versatile and low maintenance, this medium sized brom can grow on a variety of surfaces and has a high tolerance to heat and humidity. The coarse leaves have burgundy-purple crossbands and thick green spines along the edges, and grow erect to form a tubular rosette about 60cm tall. The short, showy inflorescence is fairly long lasting and comprises of dark red bracts and yellow flowers.
Great for drought tolerant, shade or container gardens. A large and impressive aechmea, with a rosette that can reach more than 1m in width. Partial shade or patio situation is ideal for this aechmea. It has glossy green leaves that turn tinge red in strong light. These elongated thin red leaves form a fountain shape over time. The multiple branched flower stem reaches more than 1m in height and is comprised of many pink berry like flowers tipped with red petals. Attracts hummingbirds.
This is another much sought after, rare, large Brazilian native. The leaves can grow to 1.5m long when mature, with the lower leaves drooping over and creating an unusual landscaping feature. The thick flower stalk can grow to 1.5 meters tall, branching out into dozens of flower stalks bearing numerous blossoms, and can last several months.
A medium to large sized brom with striking, patterned leaves and shiny, flaming red, branched inflorescences. The leaves are light green with a striking, reddish brown banding, and can grow to 250cm long and 45cm wide. The flowers have orange red petals. Prefers bright, indirect light and humidity.
Werauhia sanguinolenta rubra
Purplish black in bright light, this large bromeliad spans a meter when mature. Its meter long spike has black bracts bearing off-white flowers, creating vivid contrasts and making it a great accent plant. Prefers semi-shade to dappled bright light; the amount of light influences foliage colour.
Neoregelia scarlet charlotte X Neoregelia medusa
N. scarlet charlotte has bright green leaves with the most gorgeous scarlet centre at maturity whereas N. medusa is spineless beauty with lovely formed rosette and intense colouring at flowering . A cross between these beauties and you have a lovely plant that deserves a place in any collection. Best in dappled light, with some morning sun to maximise the leaf colouring at flowering.