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Some palms lend themselves readily for attaching tillandsias, others not so much. This Syagrus x montgomeryana is ideal due to it's persistent leaf bases. My big King however needed small i-bolts to hold various clumps but most have rooted onto the trunk.

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Chris Chance

Looks awesome man! Funny thing is I just added some to my Parajubaea sunka the other day. With all the fiber I figured it would be perfect. 

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5 hours ago, Chris Chance said:

Looks awesome man! Funny thing is I just added some to my Parajubaea sunka the other day. With all the fiber I figured it would be perfect. 

 

Chris, by putting them directly on/in the fiber you do know that when the palm starts to trunk you'll lose the fiber and the plants, right? Best to attach/wire them to the leaf base or burrow through the fiber to attach to the trunk. Many of mine have rooted through the fiber and have found a permanent home. With the x montgomeryana the leaf bases are going to stay attached for a very long time giving the plants plenty of time to root. Remember to use small i-bolts, not gonna hurt the palm, and you can tie the plant to them.

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1 hour ago, Gonzer said:

Chris, by putting them directly on/hIin the fiber you do know that when the palm starts to trunk you'll lose the fiber and the plants, right? Best to attach/wire them to the leaf base or burrow through the fiber to attach to the trunk. Many of mine have rooted through the fiber and have found a permanent home. With the x montgomeryana the leaf bases are going to stay attached for a very long time giving the plants plenty of time to root. Remember to use small i-bolts, not gonna hurt the palm, and you can tie the plant to them.

Thanks for the advice. Honestly I never did this before but I've seen it done. It's hard to tell in the picture but most are tucked under the leaf bases or I carefully slipped them through the fiber as deep as I can. I know eventually the fiber will peel away. All of the Tillandsia I had here was in my greenhouse sitting on top of a pot all forgotten about. I have been clearing the greenhouse out and I just looked at the Parajubaea and thought that might be perfect. I also have mules that could be a good candidate. Is there any other advice? How often so you wet them? That kind of fun stuff.

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On 10/30/2020 at 3:23 PM, Gonzer said:

Chris, by putting them directly on/in the fiber you do know that when the palm starts to trunk you'll lose the fiber and the plants, right? Best to attach/wire them to the leaf base or burrow through the fiber to attach to the trunk. Many of mine have rooted through the fiber and have found a permanent home. With the x montgomeryana the leaf bases are going to stay attached for a very long time giving the plants plenty of time to root. Remember to use small i-bolts, not gonna hurt the palm, and you can tie the plant to them.

I too have been lazy on this front.  I just stick Tillandsia in the retained leaf bases of my Pritchardia palms.  I have always been reluctant to put anything into the trunk of a palm for fear of creating an entry point for fungus.  I've used fishing line to wrap orchids onto smooth trunk palms, but generally have avoided putting any bromeliads on smooth trunk palms.  I really like what you have done with yours and am always thinking about where I can put more epiphytes.

Chris on the wetting, that really depends on time of year and location.  Here everything has been wet due to fog overnight and a thick am marine layer so these don't require much beyond a weekly wetting right now.  They are far less demanding about getting watered than most of the orchid epiphytes I grow.  You probably will have to experiment in your climate and see how long you can go, with obviously more frequent water during Santa Ana's and summer.  Maybe Senior Gonzer can elaborate though, as he has far more knowledge than I do when it comes to bromeliads.... and likely plenty of other topics as well.

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On 10/30/2020 at 4:33 PM, Chris Chance said:

Thanks for the advice. Honestly I never did this before but I've seen it done. It's hard to tell in the picture but most are tucked under the leaf bases or I carefully slipped them through the fiber as deep as I can. I know eventually the fiber will peel away. All of the Tillandsia I had here was in my greenhouse sitting on top of a pot all forgotten about. I have been clearing the greenhouse out and I just looked at the Parajubaea and thought that might be perfect. I also have mules that could be a good candidate. Is there any other advice? How often so you wet them? That kind of fun stuff.

Watered a couple times a week in warm weather, less in cooler. Important note; don't merely "wet" your plants, get 'em completely saturated till the water runs off.

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On 10/30/2020 at 9:37 AM, Chris Chance said:

Looks awesome man! Funny thing is I just added some to my Parajubaea sunka the other day. With all the fiber I figured it would be perfect. 

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Nice looking sunkha! I've started to do this to mine as well but as was said, given that it is still small I anticipate needing to do a lot of reattaching as the palm grows and begins to trunk. 

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3 hours ago, ExperimentalGrower said:

Nice looking sunkha! I've started to do this to mine as well but as was said, given that it is still small I anticipate needing to do a lot of reattaching as the palm grows and begins to trunk. 

I'm super bummed to let you know that sunka croaked out of nowhere. Did great for years then died within a few weeks.

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2 hours ago, Chris Chance said:

I'm super bummed to let you know that sunka croaked out of nowhere. Did great for years then died within a few weeks.

Very sorry to hear that! The Parajubaeas all seem to have this issue. Was there a particular weather pattern that may have caused it? Warm nights? That seems to be a perpetual problem.

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realarch

Just a few more from a wet garden. From a few attached a few years ago……..now there are many.

Tim

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realarch

A few more.

Tim

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edbrown_III

Aechmea gamosepala aka Matchstick1 on a chinese fan palm in my lil rainforest 

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1 hour ago, edbrown_III said:

Aechmea gamosepala aka Matchstick1 on a chinese fan palm in my lil rainforest 

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Awesome, looks pretty old?

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realarch

That is really nice Ed. 

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