The Q&A Archives: Bromeliads in the wild

Question: I have found many of these bromeliads on the property of our new home. Upon research, the only thing found is a giant air plant, although these were in the ground.Before dabris,etc. was removed, I took these plants home. They have a light root system(easily removed). I am no expert but because living in the soil, think they are bromeliads. I have a total of about 10. None of which were in the old oak trees that we have preserved. I have not found any others nearby. Please help. Will send pics if neccesary. Would have been destroyed if not for some knowledge of plants. Oak trees saved, is there a conection? What else can i do? Will they ever flower? Plant them in dirt or place them in the trees?

Answer: Kim,

I am sorry for this delayed reply to your gardening question. The spring rush has brought a deluge of questions and we are working hard to catch up!

Those bromelliads should be placed in a growing situation that best matches how you found them growing. In this case that appears to be in the soil. Your County Extension Office may be able to assist with an identification if you bring in a plant or send a digital photo. Most soil growing bromeliads prefer to have water in the tops of the open whorl of leaves and occasionally be fed a dilute solution of Miracle Gro or a similar product. See label instructions for the most dilute solution.

Thanks for the question. Best wishes for a wonderful gardening season. Please stop in again soon!

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