FIGURE 14–13 An epiphytic branch may be used to display a variety of bromeliads. (Source: George Acquaah) Moss wrapped in tree bark Dry branch Various bromeliads 14.6.3 CARE 460 Chapter 14 Growing Succulents Care of succulents includes the following: 1. Water. The moss part of the display should be watered when it feels dry, and the middle part of the rosette that holds water should be kept full at all times. The receptacle should be emptied and refilled periodically (monthly). 2. Light. The display should be mounted in a part of the house that receives bright, filtered light. 3. Temperature. Warm temperatures (above 15.6˚C or 60˚F) and relatively high humidity are required for best growth. In a drier season, a periodic mist application may be needed to provide humid microclimates for bromeliads. 4. Fertilizing. Foliar application or addition of liquid fertilizer to the water in the rosette may be helpful during the period of active growth. 14.6.4 POTTED BROMELIADS Terrestrial species may be potted in a medium that is porous but retains moisture adequately. Lime is not desirable in the medium. Bromeliads do not produce roots profusely and hence do not need to be grown in deep pots. Propagation Bromeliads may be raised from seed. The seeds are sowed and cared for as described for succulents. Commercial nurseries raise plants in this way for sale. However, it is easier to propagate bromeliads by using offsets. Repotting Plastic pots retain moisture longer than clay pots. Being air plants, repotting to renew the soil is not important in bromeliad culture. Repotting into larger pots is necessary on an infrequent basis.