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#1 User is offline   lupinatkew 

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 04:19 PM

Hi,

I have been very hesitant with using any fertilsers for my broms, mainly Neos, Bills, Aechmeas and some Vriseas. However, there is some mention that some weak fertilser dosage can be fed to increase the plant size for larger plants

May i check if anyone has used them here, and with which plants ?

Many thanks!
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Posted 05 November 2009 - 10:06 AM

Lupin, sure you can use fertilizer for your brom. In general, organic fertilizer is preferred as it dissolves slower and not causing burning the roots o brom. With fertilizer, brom will get bigger especially those soft leaves guzmania and vriesea. For Neos, Bills, aechmea, I never fertilizer them as I want to grow them hard so that the leaves color is more intense.

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View Postlupinatkew, on May 17 2009, 04:19 PM, said:

Hi,

I have been very hesitant with using any fertilsers for my broms, mainly Neos, Bills, Aechmeas and some Vriseas. However, there is some mention that some weak fertilser dosage can be fed to increase the plant size for larger plants

May i check if anyone has used them here, and with which plants ?

Many thanks!
Lupin

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Posted 05 November 2009 - 09:48 PM

I fert my crypanthus 'Earth Star' as it make their form look better.
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Posted 06 November 2009 - 08:04 AM

Oh yes, Cryptanthus is another bromeliad that likes fertiliser.

Mejo, what fertiliser you are using?


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I fert my crypanthus 'Earth Star' as it make their form look better.

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Posted 06 November 2009 - 08:30 PM

orchid fert that my MIL is using on her orchids. I think is phostrogen. Sometimes if I still have left over seaweed+graviota fert mix after ferting my tillys, will spray on my earth stars too.
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Posted 07 November 2009 - 08:08 AM

View Postlupinatkew, on May 17 2009, 05:19 PM, said:

Hi,

I have been very hesitant with using any fertilsers for my broms, mainly Neos, Bills, Aechmeas and some Vriseas. However, there is some mention that some weak fertilser dosage can be fed to increase the plant size for larger plants

May i check if anyone has used them here, and with which plants ?

Many thanks!
Lupin

You must be very careful using ANY fertiliser as you can very easily kill your plants. Slow release fertilisers are the best, you can add half a teaspoon around your Bromeliad once a year, and you can also use soluble spray but only use it at a quarter recommended strenghth. You can do this quite safely every couble of weeks.
Hope this information helps
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Posted 09 November 2009 - 10:11 AM

I use a very weak solution of seasol and all my broms have had many new pups.
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Posted 18 November 2009 - 07:51 AM

View Postlupinatkew, on May 17 2009, 05:19 PM, said:

Hi,

I have been very hesitant with using any fertilsers for my broms, mainly Neos, Bills, Aechmeas and some Vriseas. However, there is some mention that some weak fertilser dosage can be fed to increase the plant size for larger plants

May i check if anyone has used them here, and with which plants ?

Many thanks!
Lupin

Hi,
what ever fertiliser you use read the instructions on the packet and use only a quarter strength of what the makers recommend. You can do this quite safely every couple of weeks in the growing season.
Hope this helps
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Posted 19 December 2009 - 02:46 PM

View Postlupinatkew, on May 17 2009, 05:19 PM, said:

Hi,

I have been very hesitant with using any fertilsers for my broms, mainly Neos, Bills, Aechmeas and some Vriseas. However, there is some mention that some weak fertilser dosage can be fed to increase the plant size for larger plants

May i check if anyone has used them here, and with which plants ?

Many thanks!
Lupin

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Posted 19 December 2009 - 02:54 PM

View Postbromlady, on Nov 9 2009, 11:11 AM, said:

I use a very weak solution of seasol and all my broms have had many new pups.

Hi Lupin,
I grow mainly the larger type Bromeliads such as Guzmanias, Vrieseas, Neoregelia etc, I do have some Tillandsias not many but when I fertilise I buy a good general purpose fertiliser and use a quarter strength of what the maker recommends. Another way is to send an email to the makers of what ever fertiliser you want to use and ask them about the rate at which you should use, I have done that and you will find that they are only to pleased to be of some help. One other thing is that when ever I repot a Bromeliad I spread a half teaspoon of Osmocote slow release fertiliser on top of my potting mix.
I hope I have been of some help.
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