The answer isn't the same.
Bromeliads that have a water reservoir in the center should always have it
filled with water and the whole plant misted every few days. Those that
don't have the water reservoir also should be misted every few days. Most
use the soil, if any soil at all, for support not nutrition and that should
be moist not wet.
Do a google search for bromeliads for more info.
Palms should have their soil moist but not wet.
Do a google search for palms for more info.
Thanks for you usual due diligence in correcting the errors in my
Fact remains most in the genus Phoenix prefer growing conditions moist
an on the drier side....
On Tue, 11 Nov 2003 21:02:44 GMT, "Cereoid-UR12-"
Change the water?! What, turn the plant upside down? I never changed
the water in mine, nor did I notice it becoming "scummy." I just
topped it up when it got shallow. In fact, (help me here, Cereoid) I
thought decaying insect and leaf bits provided nourishment for the
plant in the wild. I used to take small bromeliads out of their pots
and let them "vacation" in the hollows of big crape myrtle. Unless it
was *very* dry, I didn't even need to water them all summer.
I keep my bromeliad on the dry side in a south window. It grows very
slowly. It bloomed once (a large pink spiked bloom). The the mother
plant died and I potted up the pups. I keep the center filled with
water, that's it. One of those plants that thrives on neglect, I
A heads up for David,
If the water reservoir is getting scummy, you are doing something seriously
wrong. If you are just second guessing nature, that's your problem and you
need to deal with that on your own. The plants have been doing well all by
themselves for millions of years before you had the notion to play god. It
is best to leave the water reservoir alone because it is a normal function
of the plant and important to its proper growth and survival.
It appears that the relevent question was asked by "Michelle" on 11/10
regarding the water requirements for a potted bromeliad and dwarf date
palm. I assumed this was in reference to indoor plants, and perhaps
muddied the water(!) by mentioning my own plants summer vacation
These plants grow wild outside. Inside makes it a different story. Some
places are very humid and the water does need to be changed because the
plant might not use it all within a normal amount of time. Remember these
are native to a place that is hot and the water in is used more quickly.
What a complete waste of time and effort that was!! (At least you were
getting paid to do it, eh?)
In a greenhouse or outdoors, you could simply flush out the water reservoirs
by watering them until they overflowed!!!
Would be better to rotate the types with water reservoirs and replacing them
with fresh plants every couple of weeks.
In any case, would not recommend using the types with a water reservoir as
indoor landscaping plants because they are too much work to maintain
properly. That is way you typically see the Tillandsioid types without water
reservoirs such as Guzmania and Vriesea cultivars (especially in flower)
more commonly used as decoration instead in malls and other indoor
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