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Treeborne Gardens Bromeliads--An Introduction to the Plants Bromeliads (including Tillandsias) are one instrument in the complex orchestra of the rain forest of tropics of the Americas. They are one of many epiphytic (growing on trees) plants that cover the trees with profusion, harmonizing in the symphony of orchid, gesneriad, fern, succulent and a myriad of other tree dwelling plants. Pollinated by dazzling hummingbirds and providing homes for colorful frogs, snakes and insects, Bromeliads spark the forest with a blaze of color at blooming time to advertise their presence. They have been commercially cultivated in Europe for more than a hundred and fifty years becoming one of the most popular flowering house plants. Their admirable qualities include easy care (infrequent watering), a long lived "flower" (three months or more) and many vivid colors available (resulting from hybridizing and selective breeding). Over the past thirty years the popularity of these marvelous plants has steadily increased in this country. These exotic looking plants are frequently appearing in movie set designs and are being used extensively by interiorscape designers for long duration color accents in homes and businesses. Featured in many home and garden magazines Bromeliads fit perfectly with today's busy lifestyles, providing a living, colorful decoration for home or office without the drudgery of high maintenance. Tillandsias are one genus of the Bromeliad family that are conspicuously epiphytic. Many are dryer growing than the "vase-type" plants, lending themselves to mounting on wood pieces and shells, adding another dimension to the decorative crafts. A word about selective breeding and hybridizing: A hybrid is 'made' by exchanging pollen between two different plant flowers to produce a seed that will grow a new plant which exhibits characteristics of each 'parent'. Generally speaking hybrids are more vigorous growers than either of their parents and through the selective breeding process better color and form are also achieved. By using plants that exhibit the most desirable horticultural qualities to pollinate for seed for future crops, a 'new' or 'improved' variety of the species is obtained. (These desirable horticultural qualities include best bloom color and size, most desirable plant size, growth speed, leaf conformation, overall hardiness, etc.) Caring for Treeborne Gardens Bromeliads Pour water into the leaf cup of the plant and on the potting soil after both are completely dry. Frequency may be from once a week for 4" pots, to once a month for some of the larger 6" pots. Provide a well-lighted area and enjoy the beautiful colors for up to three months. Fertilize once a month with a dilute solution of house plant food. What could be easier? Caring for Treeborne Gardens Tillandsias Pour water over the leaves of the plant as if it is being rained on or dunk the plant in water, wetting it thoroughly, at least twice a week. (Spray misting in not enough.) Water more often when it's hot and dry. Place the plant in front of a window to provide bright light. Fertilize once a month with a diluted solution of house plant food. Giving Treeborne Gardens Bromeliads Treeborne Gardens Bromeliads are perfect gifts for all occasions. They are appropriate substitutes or additions to any cut flower arrangement, lasting in color for months rather than the mere days of a cut arrangement. The recipient does not have to be a "plant person" to appreciate the beauty and longevity of Bromeliads. They are an excellent reward for an employee's "job well done", a client gift, office decoration, birth or birthday celebration, housewarming, wedding, anniversary, graduation, Bar or Bat Mitzvah, Confirmation, Secretary's Week, Boss' Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Grandparent's Day, Valentine's Day, Passover, Easter, Rosh Hashanah, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year, a thank you gift, (Phew, I'm sure I left many out?) (Ground Hog Day!)  Or, better yet, a gift for yourself. (Of course, the best gift is the one you want to keep for yourself.) Give Treeborne Gardens Bromeliads for any occasion that cut flowers, candy or diamonds would be considered. All plants are grown in Department of Agriculture Certified Nurseries and "are free from especially injurious plant pests and disease symptoms" (as per California Department of Food and Agriculture requirements). Treeborne Gardens is a State of California, Department of Food and Agriculture licensed nursery (License Number B 8954.001).
Introduction to Bromeliads