How to Water Bromeliads

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Watering bromeliads is something that you have to do to allow them to experience the amount of water they're supposed to get. Water bromeliads with help from an experienced professional gardener on a mission to make gardening stylish, fun and simple in this free video clip.

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Hi, this is Nell Foster, and today I am going to tell you how to water Bromeliads. I live in Santa Barbara, California and most of my Bromeliads except for this one grow in my garden outdoors. But most of you probably have them as house plants. So I am going to talk about watering them indoors, so but you can also apply the same principles to outdoors too. They are native to tropical climates where they grow on plants and underneath a canopy of plants. So they get a lot of their moisture from the air and a little bit of rain, too. But speaking of rain, it's actually good if you can water them with rain water or distilled water because they are very subject to salt in the water, so it's better to water them that way. Bromeliads are surprisingly drought tolerant because of that, because they get a lot of their moisture from the air, and I'm going to show you. These are actually not even in soil at all. And this particular one has been in there, in here, for just about 11 months now and these have been in here for about 9 to 10 months. So interiors, most people over water their Bromeliads, you want to make sure they stay fairly dry in the pot, and the moisture, make sure its moist only on the bottom half. You want to let it dry out on the top. And regarding keeping water in the top, you may only want to keep it like a quarter to a half full because our homes are not like tropical climates that are very sunny and humid and really really warm so the water can evaporate out. If there's too much water in this top it's also subject to fungus and the plant can rot out. And you also do not want to use a metal watering can to water them because they do not like to have any metal in the soil or in their foliage. Okay and what you might want to do is just give them a spray every now and then. Because that's just like what they get in the jungle. Little spritz of water. And if you do keep water in the cup make sure you empty it out every 2 to 3 months and put really good clean water in there because you want to make sure that their water is clean. So the most important thing to remember when watering Bromeliads is to keep them on the dry side.


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