Fertilizer X Light X Humidity - Bromeliads
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Fertilizing Newly Acquired Plants.
.A strong deep root system will develop quite quickly seeking out the goodies below.
Osmocote for roses or Nutricote preferable high potash is ideal to give your new pup a great start.
Bromeliads with colorful foliage like Neoregelia - the basic idea is to give the plant a good kick start [even if it goes a tiny bit green] as the plant will gradually return to color once the fertilizer wears off.
.Neoregelia & other plants with colorful foliage.
Once your pup is rooted and happily growing they can now be potted up into a larger pot - without any additional fertilizer in many cases, especially small varieties. However, medium to larger growers will benefit from an additional 1/2 level teaspoon. Extra large growers EG: Neoregelia Gee Whiz hybrids, Neoregelia Maw caw hybrids and other very large growing plants can be potted in a larger pot and fed up to 1 level teaspoon at this stage. Be sure to choose the pot size that suits your plant.
If you have a lot of plants you can of course skip the initial pup potting and place your plant straight into the larger pot with fertilizer placed at the bottom as described earlier. You will need to keep a good eye on them though, to ensure they root before the mix in a larger pot becomes sour.
It is best to err on the side of caution as it is better to later give your plants a light liquid feed if needed as you cant take fertilizer away!
Do keep in mind that if your plants are still tending to green with these applications after 9-12 months, this means they are not getting sufficient light. Many people do make the mistake of blaming the fertilizer however, in nearly all cases it is in fact lack of light.
These ideas are general & designed as a guide, like with all gardening, there is no rule of thumb.
Individual plant varieties & various size plants need also to be taken into consideration when fertilizing.
**NB Many Neoregelia Albomarginata, and Neoregelia with very soft foliage when young often benefit from a tad extra fertilizer for a strong start.
**Sulfate of potash helps strengthen foliage and is ideal for creating a natural resistance against fungal infection + the cold.
**Calcium- crushed eggshells - also helps with cold resistance by firming the foliage.
May these wonderful rewarding plants fill your world with color health & happiness.