Tropicals forum: Top heavy Guzmanias

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Faridat
Dec 1, 2017 2:38 AM CST
Hello all tropicheads! Smiling
I recently got myself two Guzmanias and they came in such small pots.
They both seem ready to fall over being so top heavy, is this something to be expected from Guzmanias? Do I have to repot immediately? (I was thinking giving them some time to adjust to their new home). Also, is there anything in particular I need to look after, humidity being an issue in my climate zone.
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plantladylin
Dec 1, 2017 8:57 AM CST
Faridat, you can leave your Tufted Airplant (Guzmania) their current pots and for stabilization, place those pots inside of heavier containers like clay pots. Guzmania do require warmth and humidity. You can raise the humidity around your plants by sitting them on trays of moist pebbles; replacing the water in the pebble tray as it evaporates.

Guzmania https://garden.org/plants/sear... are really beautiful plants and some can get quite large.
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Greece (Zone 10b)
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Faridat
Dec 1, 2017 9:14 AM CST
Thank you so much @plantladylin! That's great to know I can leave them in their original pot! And for your extra advice too, thanks! Smiling
In some Native languages the term for plants translates to "those who take care of us."
Robin Wall Kimmerer
Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

Region: United States of America Deer Region: Florida Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Dec 1, 2017 11:55 AM CST
Thumbs up I'm sure others will be along shortly to offer suggestions as well.
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Dec 1, 2017 7:14 PM CST
I agree completely with Lin about keeping them in their existing pots. Guzmania root systems are quite small and rarely ever need larger pots.

It is usually the flower stems that tend to lean and that is ok. If the entire plant is leaning, then simply reposition it in its pot a bit so it is upright.

In nature, these plants get lots of humidity, but their epiphytic roots are attached to the bark of trees and are not in the ground. So their only source of water is what they absorb from the air or daily rains. When we put them in pots, they no longer require water in their cups or from the surrounding air. Just water the soil when the top inch of soil is dry and they get by just fine in low humidity.

I like Guzmanais because their flowers last indoors longer than any other flower that I know - up to 3-5 months.
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Greece (Zone 10b)
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Faridat
Dec 5, 2017 7:57 AM CST
That's great @WillC! I didn't know they lasted so long! Thank you for the additional info, about the ongoing watering myth to always have water in the cup.
In some Native languages the term for plants translates to "those who take care of us."
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