How to grow bromeliad in a garden
In a garden bed
- Choose a spot in the garden that receives filtered sun and has well drained soil. In poorly drained areas, create an elevated mound of freely draining soil or chunky orchid mix.
- Dig a hole in the prepared mounds the same size as the root ball.
- Holding the main body of the plant with one hand, gently backfill the hole, pushing the soil under and around the roots so that the plant is sitting high on the mound.
- If the plant is unstable, you can use some supports such as stones or pots to hold it upright while its roots settle in.
- Water in well. Ensure that you also place some water into the central part of the plant as this is where they draw in further moisture as well.
- Feed each spring and autumn with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser by applying around the root zone and watering in well.
On backing boards, stumps or supports
- Choose a place in the garden with dappled light and that is protected from harsh afternoon sun.
- Choose an appropriate support for the plant. This may be made of hollowed out wood, backing boards (that can be purchased at your local nursery) or existing tree stump.
- Tie the Bromeliad onto the backing board with a soft tie made out of something like a strip of nylon stocking or floristry wire. If using a hollowed out part of a tree stump tie the Bromeliad into place with some wire ensuring not to pull too tightly.
- After securing the plant to the backing board or support, place some Orchid potting mix between the board and the plant.
- Securely fasten the board and the Bromeliad to the wall and water well.
- Feed sparingly every in Spring and Autumn with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser.