Neoregelia 'Fireball'

tropicalzone7(7b)January 21, 2010


Im pretty much new to bromeliads, other than my pineapple plants and large amount of tillisandias, including spanish moss. But I dont have too much of an idea about Neoregelia 'Fireball', which a plant I recently bought. I know the requirements (humidity, water in the center, lots of good air circulation, and to avoid hot dry sun), but Im not sure about what type of soil to plant it in.

I have a regular hanging basket and regular soil, does a Neoregelia 'Fireball' handle regular soil or should I mount it on something? If I need to mount it, what do you think is the best object to mount it on for a natural look, and how well do the roots anchor into an object. Do they have to live in those special bromeliad hanging baskets instead of my regular hanging basket.

Thanks in advance!

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Hi Tropic ,if you use a mix thats recommended for Cymbidium Orchids you wont go wrong ,any hanging basket type will do ,its a tough plant needs very good light,regular soil is not recommended ,other than that its a trouble free plant, cheers ,Jack

    Bookmark   January 21, 2010 at 6:59PM
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Thanks a lot for your help! Ill go looking for some orchid soil.

    Bookmark   January 21, 2010 at 8:22PM
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Hm-mmm so this does need soil. :/ was hoping it didn't.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2013 at 7:42AM
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I bought my first Neoregelia, and as part of research of new plants I always check the PATSP blob (always funny, well and lively written and very useful and descriptive). Neo "Fireball" happened to be profiled there:

Enjoy ye, whoever stumbles upon this.

    Bookmark   October 1, 2013 at 10:33PM
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If you want it really red, it needs morning sun until about 10am. I grow mine in trees so they will grow without soil.

    Bookmark   October 2, 2013 at 4:39AM
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Hi everyone - It's been a while, but I still drop in from time to time. G'Day Jack haven't seen you here for a while either.

I have found Neo. Fireball to be a most accommodating plant which when given the right conditions will quickly grow into a nice specimen. It will grow in a pot, is suitable for basket culture and is also equally comfortable mounted on an old Tree Fern stump or on a living tree.

I saw the one in the pic at a brom show recently and personally I wouldn't have used a pot that large, but as you can see, it didn't seem to worry the plant which is growing well and seems to be pretty forgiving in whatever container it's in as long as it's well drained. Also notice the bit of trellis at the rear which the plant is also growing up.

All the best, Nev.

    Bookmark   October 3, 2013 at 4:54PM
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