How Frequently Do You Fill the Tank on Your Neos?

love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)July 11, 2012

When we are in the middle of hot July, with temperatures in the 97-102F range, how often do you refill the tank on your neos? We haven't had any rain in several weeks and the tanks of mine get dry every couple of days. All of my neos are in part sun, part shade. I have read that I have to be careful to not over-water them so I'm unsure when to refill.

Thanks!

Carol in Jacksonville

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splinter1804

Hi Carol,

I personally only fill the vases on my plants when I water which is every two weeks in summer and once a month in winter.

Having said that, you also need to know I live in an area which is just one street back from the ocean with a reasonably high humidity and my plants are all either in the open or beneath shade cloth so they also get any rain or dew as well and consequently their vases are rarely empty.

I watered more frequently when I first came here to live but have since found out that my plants do better with less water.

All the best, Nev.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2012 at 8:00PM
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love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)

Thanks, Nev. I'm going to cut back - I am very, very new to broms/Neos - and I'm pretty sure I am over-doing it. Thank you for your schedule! I'm only five miles from the ocean and my conditions are not too different from yours.

Carol in Jacksonville

    Bookmark   July 11, 2012 at 9:49PM
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TomStuart(11)

Carol, I have just the opposite experience. I get a good bit of rain and always have my bromeliads full of water. The ground drains well. My yard is full of many different genera and they all do well with a lot of water. The only problem I have encountered with overwatering is with potted bromeliads if the soil gets soggy.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2012 at 1:39AM
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splinter1804

Hi Carol,

You now have two conflicting sets of cultural methods which just shows that all areas are different and what works for me won't necessarily work for you or Tom.

Although my methods work for me and Tom's work for him, you are probably better off asking someone in your own local area to get an answer more suitable for your conditions.

All the best, Nev.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2012 at 9:40PM
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love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)

Interesting info, Tom. I wish you had your USDA zone or city in your profile. Hard to know how to compare without that info.

I'm keeping an eye on mine - I just want to avoid rot. That would be no fun. :(

Carol

    Bookmark   July 18, 2012 at 9:02PM
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hotdiggetydam

In my potted neo's I flush them twice a week...to keep mosquitos from breeding. If you have a lot of potted neos its hard to over water the pots...the ones in the ground need to be raised beds and well draining soils.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2012 at 11:08AM
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gardenbear1(6 Ma.)

I flush my neo's about once a month,I water them every week because the clay pots dry out so fast, all my brom's are in pots so I can move them inside for the winter

Bear

    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 9:58PM
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sun_worshiper(FL 9b)

I'm in central FL and am also new to broms. Mine seem very low attention. Sprinklers run twice a week for the grass & that is enough. Mine are in part shade under the canopy of an oak. Mostly they need no special attention.

The exception is one wide leafed variety (forget the name right now), that seems to need some extra water dumped into it when its cup runs dry. In that second picture, it is the large red one to the left behind the tree trunk. Kind of hidden here sorry - don't have a better pic. Anyhow, I can tell when it needs water not because the cup is empty, but because the leaves start to curl in on themselves a bit, as if something was rolling up the leaf lengthwise into a tube. My matchsticks show this same behavior too when they don't get enough water. I've been experimenting with how much sun those can take, and the ones that are in too sunny of a location show obvious signs of drought stress. I'd say if the plant isn't showing any stress symptoms in its leaves, then it is fine.

What do other's think?

    Bookmark   August 1, 2012 at 10:39AM
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love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)

gardenbear, how does the flushing process work?

Thanks!
Carol in Jacksonville

    Bookmark   September 13, 2012 at 11:51PM
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hotdiggetydam

Just use teh garden hose or a heavy rain will do it for you

    Bookmark   September 14, 2012 at 10:30PM
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