Planting Broms in wet areas

rayandgwenn(z11 Puerto Rico)November 23, 2009

I am making bromeliad gardens. I live in a rain forest (about 100 inches of rain a year) and have clay soil. I don't have many trees yet for epiphytic growth. I (without trees) have lots of full sun. I realize these are not optimum growing conditions for broms!

Can people who live in moist areas tell me how they grow their broms?

Many people here plant them in the ground in their pots. They seem to do ok. I haven't done that yet but may be going toward that route. If I plant right in the ground, they don't "thrive". I have started to make a mound of soil and rocks and plant them in that pile and they seem to like it better.

I would love to hear suggestions.

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paul_t23(Coastal Sydney)

Hi Ray and Gwen,

Here in Oz a lot of the native garden plants can't stand getting "wet feet". Classic examples would be banksias, grevilleas and waratahs, along with their proteaceaous relatives from South Africa, often grown in areas with rainfall that can be extremely high for short periods, even if not in total over a whole year. Standard practice is to build mounds when you want to plant these on clay or other badly drained soils, to the extent of getting in truck loads of broken up rock and sandy fill and hiring a bit of light earth-moving equipment if necessary to mound up big areas.

If you want to get into a good few broms, I reckon this mounding approach would be definitely worth a thought. Either that or leaving them in pots just sitting on the surface of the ground, maybe with chipped bark or other coarse mulch mounded up around them to keep them upright and shield them from the sun.

Re sinking pots into heavy clay soil, I would have thought that would be like sitting each one in its own little swimming pool, so probably not such a good idea unless they can drain out quickly down a steep slope.

Hope this helps. Cheers, Paul

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