Not exactly a bulb question
Tue, 09 Nov 2004 15:52:42 PST

I am looking for advice (especially the voice of experience) for germinating 
terrestrial bromeliad seeds.  I would especially appreciate knowing the secret 
for keeping the seedlings alive after germination and growing them on to 

I have killed several species of terrestrial bromeliad (e.g., Puya and 
Dyckia) after easily germinating them in sandy soil mix.  

The problem is that they don't make/keep roots and eventually die as tiny 
little plants, about 1/8 or 1/4 inch tall.

When they are bigger I have no problem growing them.  They seem ideally 
suited to year round rain punctuated with 1-, 2-, or 3-month droughts as long as 
they have fast drainage.  Sometimes they don't even insist on sandy soil, only 
fast-draining humus-rich soil.

They are great companions for Crinum (see, I made a bulb connection), in the 
garden.  The Crium do well in the ground, and the terrestrial bromeliads do 
well in pots--the contrast of leaves and flowers can be very nice.

Please write to me if you know how to keep the darn seedlings alive.  

Conroe Joe

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