Bromeliad Plant Growing Specifications – Billbergia nutans
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This article provides information on the specific growing guidelines for Billbergia nutans bromeliads.
- Light: In the summer, partial shade outdoors. In the fall, winter, and early spring bright light from an east or west window.
- Temperature: In the summer, this particular plant enjoys warm temperatures outdoors between 65 to 80 degrees F (18-27 degrees C). In the fall, winter and early spring, cool to average room temperatures (60-75 degrees F or 16-24 degrees C); can tolerate brief winter chilling to 40 degrees F (4 degrees C).
- Fertilizer: In the spring and summer, feed leaves and roots with houseplant fertilizer mixed at half-strength every two weeks. In the fall and winter, feed monthly.
- Water: In the spring and summer, water the leaves, reservoir, and roots as needed to keep the cups filled and the roots lightly moist. In the fall and winter, keep slightly dry to reduce problems with root rot.
- Soil: Bromeliad mix or orchid potting soil.
- Repotting: Annually in the spring until plant fills a 5 in (12.5 cm) pot. Then wait until after flowering to repot offsets.
- Longevity: Individual plants usually live for 3 years.
- Propagation: When parent plant fails after flowering, use a sharp-tipped knife to cut it off at the soil line. Repot pups when they are about 6 in (15 cm) tall.
- Selections: This plant is usually sold by species or common name. Buy plants that have not yet produced flowers.
- Display Tips: Grow in a hanging basket or suspended pot at eye level, where arching leaves and pendant flowers can be seen up close.
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