Houseplants forum: Bilbergia nutans - more care instructions needed?

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Name: Kathy
Arkansas (Zone 8b)
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Kathy547
Oct 10, 2017 7:05 AM CST
I will be donating these plants to a rabbit rescue & rehabilitation to be used as prizes for a bowling fundraiser.



Close up of the little do-dad I put in one of the containers. Got at a thrift store because I wanted something rabbit themed but couldn't find one freaking rabbit anywhere!

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My plan is to have care instructions for whoever wins them. I went on a bromeliad site & got the following information. Anything I need to add or take out?

BILBERGIA NUTANS - Queen's Tears

Benefit from air circulation so open a window or turn on a fan while indoors. Can leave outside until cold weather.

Grow in well-draining, slightly acidic soil.

Produces pups (or offshoots) & these can be repotted or left alone.

Doesn't require much water but they do like high humidity. Water when top of soil feels dry. Also, pour water into each "cup" of the plant as they act as reserviors. Use distilled or rain water to avoid mineral build up on the leaves. The cups should be flushed & rinsed at least once a month to avoid stagnate water, which can result in pests & disease.

If plant is growing indoors & there isn't enough humidity, you can place a tray of marbles with a bit of water in it underneath the container holding the plant. This should slightly raise the humidity around the plant. Make sure the potting medium isn't allowed to soak up any of the water.

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The bromeliad care site said
"It is best not to fertilize"

but from another site that I can't remember where said,
"Feed every 2-3 months during spring & summer using a general purpose water soluable fertilizer. Use a weak solution of 1/3 - 1/2 the solution recommended on the label. Pour diluted solution directly into the "cups".

Name: Carter Mayer
Houston, TX (Zone 9b)
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Carter
Oct 11, 2017 6:29 AM CST
In my experience these are pretty tough and very easy care plants. The primary thing is to not overwater. Moist but not wet is best, but if unsure it’s best to err on the dry side (too wet = root rot). I live in zone 9 and mine live outdoors year round, some in full shade under the south side eaves of our house, and others in mostly shade under a big pecan tree, but with northern exposure. I never fertilize mine and they grow and offset prolifically.
Name: Kathy
Arkansas (Zone 8b)
Plant and/or Seed Trader Dog Lover Region: Arkansas Region: Louisiana Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Kathy547
Oct 12, 2017 11:22 AM CST
What should I say about light requirements? The information on here says full sun to part shade. I bring mine in when it starts getting cold. In the summer I keep them under some trees so I guess its dappled light.
Name: Carter Mayer
Houston, TX (Zone 9b)
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Carter
Oct 13, 2017 6:09 AM CST
Full sun to part shade is what I’d say, probably leaning to maybe 50/50 sun/shade for best health. That said, tho, these are tough and will grow pretty well under full sun to probably full shade.

Indoors they’ll need very bright light, so near a sunny window would be best.
Name: Sally
central Maryland
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sallyg
Oct 14, 2017 5:47 AM CST
I also have this, several years old, no fussy care needed. Just like Carter said.
Cute! They should be appreciated.

Might add something about the fascinating beautiful flowers it will get.

I would delete the whole thing about marble tray.

I would add that flowers come from the new offsets so they must be allowed to grow or you won't see flowers. Tolerates being crowded in the pot but eventually needs room to make those new pups for new flowers, and older parts may yellow and can be cut out (if you can get past the prickly leaves, haha.)

I have kept them outside all summer until frost, part shade is probably the best suggestion. (I keep one on the deck, and little frogs like to live in the cups and come out by the porch light for bugs at night.)

I do use rainwater all the time, I fertilize rarely if ever but the rainwater ( or birdbath or goldfish pot) water probably has some 'stuff' in it.
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Name: Kathy
Arkansas (Zone 8b)
Plant and/or Seed Trader Dog Lover Region: Arkansas Region: Louisiana Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Kathy547
Oct 23, 2017 6:02 AM CST
Thank you for your suggestions. I've revised my instructions & hope to deliver everything today (the fundraiser is in about a week). I put the moss in to pretty the pot up so can I water it? I plan to suggest them taking it out once they get it home.

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