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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

My New Favorite - Bromeliad

Brilliant Bromeliad!
This is my new favorite:  Bromeliad.  I've just bought a bunch of these this week to put in my garden.  They are "air plants", which means they get their nourishment from the air, rather than the soil.  I've put several in some of my palm trees by just sticking them in the "pockets" and tying them in with fish line.  One of them I just wrapped in the palm tree fiber and the others I kept in a bit of the dirt they came in.  To keep them healthy, you just need to keep water in their lower "cups".  If you just give them a misting every day it should be fine.

I picked up these colorful ones from Home Depot -- I think they are promos.  Each plant was no more than $12.00.  The smaller ones were $6.98.    I also got some from Houston Garden for $4.00 during their 70% Off Sale (going on now!)

The plants I put in the ground I left in the pot so that when it freezes here (yes, it freezes in Houston) I can just pick them up and put them in garage.  Easy as pie!  (Although I have never been that good at making pie -- I'd rather garden!)  The plants are so gorgeous and vivid and bright.  I don't know why I didn't try them in my garden before!!!




 
Bromeliads also propogate themselves with little "pups" that grow up from the sides of the bromeliad.  These can be removed (cut off or pulled off carefully) and planted separately to create a beautiful new plant.  Bromeliads only bloom ONCE, but the new pup will bloom and when mature create its own offspring.  Below is a photo of a "pup" that I pulled off it's mother plant and put in a pocket of a palm tree.  I wrapped the bottom with some of the palm fiber (you can also wrap it in spanish moss) and stuck it in the tree, securing it with fish line.  Fun!  I'm looking forward to seeing how it grows.                                                                          
The pineapple is actually a type of Bromeliad!  A fun thing to do with your kids is to pick up a plain old pineapple from the grocery store, cut off the top (with a bit of the pineapple still attached) and plant it into the ground with the "crown" sticking up out of the ground.  Make sure that the pineapple gets lots of sun, and it will grow into an actual plant!  Have fun!





 

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T.K. Goforth is a musician and author of the well-received book "Chord Piano is Fun!" She also writes a music blog called "Chord Piano Chick's Mostly Musical Musings.
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1 comment:

Rebecca said...

I think this is great! I love your I just want to try it attitude. Very eco friendly of you to use the plam trees as planters.

T.K. Goforth is a musician and author of the well-received book "Chord Piano is Fun!" She also writes a music blog called "Chord Piano Chick's Mostly Musical Musings.
Chord Piano Is Fun