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The Pocket via Billinudgel
NSW 2483


Bromeliads require an acidic mix that retains moisture yet drains freely & also provides stability. The roots need aeration & will rot out in a tight or boggy mix. There are many ways to achieve this & different growers have their own favourite mixes.

Ingredients commonly used include peat moss, cocopeat, composted pine bark fines (11-20 mm in diameter), coarse sand, perlite, charcoal, small pieces of polystyrene foam, coarse ash & ‘clinker’.

We use 60% composted pine bark fines, 10% cocopeat, 20% coco bark chips & 10% coal ash. Ag lime & dolomite are added to reach a pH of 5.5 - 6.0. The pine bark assures good drainage, the cocopeat retains moisture & fertiliser & provides stability.

Commercial cymbidium potting mix is suitable & we notice that Bunnings now sell an ‘Orchid & Bromeliads Mix’.

Don’t plant pups too deeply – just to the base of the leaves. Stake to keep stable if necessary.

Propagation (Removing Pups)
Diseases and Pests