Growing Bromeliads in a Tropical Rainforest Setting

**Bromeliads: How to Mount and Grow Tropical Epiphytic Plants Using Moss**

*Bromeliads* are incredible plants that come in various shapes and sizes. These tropical epiphytic plants have adapted to grow on host trees in the rainforest canopy. Luckily, we can recreate this habitat in our own gardens or living rooms with a simple trick – mounting bromeliads using moss.

Mounting bromeliads using moss provides the perfect habitat for these tropical specialists, allowing them to survive and thrive. In this video, we’ll take you through the process of mounting your bromeliads step by step, so you can recreate the beauty of a tropical garden in your own space.

One of the key materials you’ll need for this project is a *moss brick*. You can find moss bricks [here]( Additionally, you’ll also need garden twine, scissors, and, of course, bromeliads.

To start, soak the moss brick in water until it becomes moist and easily breakable. Then, take a handful of the wet sphagnum moss and lay it on a work surface. Choose your desired bromeliad, and lay it on top of the moss. Neoregelia bromeliads are a great option due to their vibrant colors and compact size.

Next, use the garden twine to tightly tie the moss around the base of the bromeliad. Be careful not to let the moss slide up too high, as bromeliads do not like excessive moisture around their roots. The goal is to create a small habitat for new roots to form.

Once the moss is securely held to the base of the plant, you can continue tying the twine around the base to ensure it’s well-anchored. Using natural, uncoated, biodegradable garden twine will help maintain a natural look. However, you can choose any type of twine that suits your preference.

Once your bromeliads are mounted, you can now tie them onto trees or other plants in your garden using the same garden twine. This mimics the natural growth of bromeliads as epiphytes in the rainforest canopy. Just make a few loops around the moss ball and the branch of the plant you want the bromeliad to grow against.

In this video, we also showcase the stunning results of growing bromeliads in a UK tropical-style garden. These plants not only add an exotic touch but also attract local wildlife that has adapted well to these tropical additions. You’ll see the fascinating bromeliad flowers and learn how to properly water them for optimal growth.

If you’re passionate about creating a tropical oasis in your own garden, this video is a must-watch. Dive into the world of bromeliads and discover the beauty and ease of growing these extraordinary plants.

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**Video Timestamps:**
– 00:00 Intro to rainforest bromeliads
– 01:30 Kit you need to mount your tropical bromeliads
– 01:45 Dry moss bricks
– 02:40 Neoregelia bromeliads
– 03:30 How to fix moss to bromeliad roots
– 06:30 Watering bromeliads
– 06:45 Bromeliad flowers
– 07:10 Tying bromeliads into host plants
– 07:55 Bromeliads growing outside in the UK
– 08:20 Bromeliads and UK wildlife

*Keywords/Tags associated with the video:
tropical garden, jungle garden, tropical plants, bromeliads, bromeliad, mounting bromeliads, growing bromeliads, how to grow bromeliads, tropical garden UK, tropical style plants, neoregelia, aechmea, Grow Paradise.* [^1^]

*Watch the full video on [YouTube](video-link).*

*Note: The information provided in this video is based on personal experience and research. Results may vary depending on individual circumstances and growing conditions.*

[^1^]: Source: [Video Transcript, Grow Paradise YouTube Channel](video-link).

Bromeliads are fantastic plants that come on so many shapes and sizes. Tropical epiphytic Bromeliads have adapted to grow on host trees, living high up in the forest canopy. We can mimic this habitat in our own gardens or living rooms using this simple trick. Mounting your Bromeliads using moss provides the perfect habitat for these tropical specialists to survive and thrive.

My small UK tropical style garden looks fantastic with tropical Bromeliads growing in the trees. Surprisingly the local wildlife has adapted to these tropical additions incredibly well, making the most of every opportunity that they present.


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00:00 Intro to rainforest Bromeliads
01:30 Kit you need to mount your tropical Bromeliads
01:45 Dry moss bricks
02:40 Neoregelia Bromeliads
03:30 How to fix moss to Bromeliad roots
06:30 Watering Bromeliads
06:45 Bromeliad flowers
07:10 Tying Bromeliads into host plants
07:55 Bromeliads growing outside in UK
08:20 Bromeliads and UK wildlife
Tanya Moss

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Written by Grow Paradise


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  1. As I'm from the tropical country with often afternoon rain and plenty of sunshine that these bromeliads grew well here with maintainence free! Growing on tree branches and rocks surfaces, too! Simply, they're hard-core, easy to have them!

  2. How long will the mounted bromiliads live for though? Don't they only live like 2 to 5 years. As apposed to staghorn ferns that can live for 15-20 years. You woupd have to remount every other year no?

  3. I grow bromeliads in my yard in Central Florida, US. We are in planting zones 9, 10, 11. I leave mine growing outside all year long. Maybe our winters here are better suited for year round outdoor plants.

  4. they need no moss at all, all the water they need is held in the cups formed by the leaves. It is just a waste of time and money, cable ties work just fine to attach them to trees and are far easier to put in place

  5. Here in Perth W.A. , I tie my broms onto trees and palms using spagnum moss and a strip of shade cloth tied round the host. Luckily it stays forever, as it’s not subjected to cold. I have hundreds , so it wouldn’t be practical either. I also do the same with orchids and tillandsias, or air plants. My favourite is Spanish moss , or old man’s beards!! I have them everywhere. Love gardening, it’s so therapeutic !! Cheers.

  6. Great vid Craig!
    A Friend gave me 2 Bromeliads last week, and I intending to do just this!
    Still figuriung species out, but they will be going into my Trachies!

    PS: you need to do a focus on palms one day. Next to like 35 Trachies, I am growing at least 15 different other species in ground in zone 8 (with or w/o protection)….Can do attitude, thats what its all about!

  7. Hi Craig great video. I’ve got a stags horn fern mounted onto a piece of tree trunk which I am trialing in my garden for the summer so I was very interested in you bromeliads as I have a couple in pots in the garden to give that tropical vibe please give updates on these throughout the season as I’d love to see how they get on.

  8. Craig, how are these stored during winter if they need to be brought in? They look fantastic and like how you added one to the post, it’s exactly my thought process when watching this video.

  9. That was fascinating, Craig. I would never have thought of growing bromeliads in my English garden. Mind you, with the tropical style rainstorm we are currently having, they should be right at home. Looks like my eribotrya will be getting some lodgers. Watching you tying on all those pieces of string, I thought of crocheting little bags. If I try it, I'll let you know whether it works. Hope you do a follow-up video on how to overwinter them indoors.

  10. Hi, I've had a few bilbergia, (I don't know their names), growing on some of my trachys and they've survived the winter outside.
    If they're tucked into the stubs of the cut off fronds they look quite natural. Just recently I've been buying the bigger house plant types from Morrisons for between £5 and £15 each and planting them in terracotta pans / bowls, again, I think they look great.🙂

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