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Bromeliad fertilizer?

I read online that I should use bromeliad fertilizer for my air plants. What's a good NPK ratio for bromeliads (air plants)?
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Re: Bromeliad fertilizer?

I usualy just use 1/4 strength miracle grow once a week. Bromeliad patches need to be thinned once in a while. After the bromeliad blooms, it putsout pups. The mother plant will never bloom again so when the patch gets too big, it is best to separate and take out the older plants.
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Re: Bromeliad fertilizer?

I don't use miracle grow. Do you know what I can use that's organic?
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Re: Bromeliad fertilizer?

Fish emulsion but since the water sits in the bromeliad cups, it may stink a bit.
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Re: Bromeliad fertilizer?

I'm using it for air plants, so I don't think that will be a problem. Will that encourage them to bloom or is it too high in nitrogen?
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Re: Bromeliad fertilizer?

MANY years ago I stuck Bromeliads in the branch forks of the live oak tree. I did nothing to them. They got all of the nutrients needed from the leaves that had collected in the branch forks. They bloomed and multiplied. My idea of great gardening - Gardening By Neglect. :-()
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Re: Bromeliad fertilizer?

Normally a bit of leaves and a few insects will fall in the cups in the wild and they live on that. They do not require a lot of fertilizer.

On the other hand although they are air plants and don't really need to be potted for nutrients, mostly like orchids for support. They normally collect moisture and nutrients in their cups. The water can sit in the cups a while.
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