The Florida East Coast Bromeliad Society

Next meeting Sunday, June 10th – 1:30p.m.

June, 2007

Happy Father’s Day!

President Bradley Rauch386/767-8937

Vice President – Nina Leggett - 386/673-0550

Secretary – Joan Campbell

Treasurer – Jim O’Shaughnessy - 386/253-0335


This Month’s Meeting – Nina Leggett, our Vice President has put together an exciting list of programs for the year. The schedule provides quite a variety by alternating programs at our usual meeting site with field trips to member’s gardens and a visit to a commercial bromeliad nursery (coming up this Fall). This month we will be visiting the home of Phil and Betty Dollar in Deland. Their address is 4384 Mixon Dr. and you will find maps on the last page of this newsletter. Along with a tour of their yard which prominantly features bromeliads (of course) as well as a number of gingers, they will have a number of plants from Richard Temple’s collection for sale at bargain prices – so plan on attending and bring a box or other container with you so you don’t get the back seat of your car all dirty…because you are sure to leave with some choice plants!

Directions to the Dollar’s:

…Depending on where you are coming from, and you can see on the maps what I mean, head west for those who live on the east coast or east if you live anywhere west of Deland. Your goal is to get onto either State Rd. 11 or 15A. 15A tees into State Rd. 11 midway between Deland and De Leon Springs. From 15A turn onto Grant Street and then turn right onto Lake Mamie Dr. This will take you to Mixon Dr. and the street address you are looking for is 4384 Mixon. Do not attempt to take Wolf Rd. to Mixon (although this looks like the shortest route). Wolf Rd. was damaged in the storms some time ago. If you come in on State Rd. 11, follow it to 15A and head west to Grant St. The take Grant to Lake Mamie…and on to Mixon. Seems easy enough doesn’t it? See you there!

Last Month’s Meeting - For those who missed last month’s meeting, we had it all – good food, a slide show of Selby Gardens in Sarasota, and as if that wasn’t enough, an outstanding selection of plants for the raffle. If you get the chance, thank your officers for putting together this unique Mother’s Day celebration.

Culture Tip for the Month

Last month we talked about containers for your bromeliads – the variety available and the features associated with each. This month I just want to say a few words about what goes into the pots. No, we’re not talking about plants, but about potting mixes. Why is this even an issue when most of the epiphytic species of bromeliads can be found in the wild happily growing on tree limbs with no soil around their roots? For those of you who grow their bromeliads as mounted specimens exclusively, read no further and go back to what you were doing. For the rest of us, here’s what we need to be aware of:

Everyone’s growing conditions are different and the mix should reflect this, based on your conditions. This means that if you have very damp growing conditions (and maybe you also use plastic pots that retain moisture…) you will need a very fast draining mix and this, in turn means that the mix should have a large proportion of pearlite to encourage good drainage. Maybe you have drier conditions where you grow your plants (and this will be even more important if you use terra cotta pots that lose moisture) you will need a lower percentage of pearlite and a greater one of organic material like peat moss. With a little experimentation (and, certainly you will have some failures) you should be able to establish a mix that works well for you. Now, when you acquire a new plant, the first thing you should do is repot it, using your mix. This should improve your success in growing bromeliads greatly!

Where do you start? Most of the home improvement stores will have commercial-type potting mixes that you can use and augment with material to increase drainage. I always like to incorporate some shredded bark with my potting mix. It may not add any value to the mix, but at least it makes me feel more confident that my media will provide good growing conditions for my plants, and confidence is the name of the game! Keep in mind however that many of these commercial mixes include some fertilizer. This may affect your own fertilization regime and you certainly need to be aware of it for some Neoregelias and many Billbergias.

















Looking Ahead:

August 18 & 19, 2007
Seminole Bromeliad and Tropical Plant Society - Display and Sale. Sanford Garden Club Building,
200 Fairmont Drive, Sanford, FL
9 AM - 4 PM both days
There will be plant sales and plant displays

September 29, 2007
FCBS Bromeliad Extravaganza 2007

Airport Hilton Hotel, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Hosted by the Bromeliad Society of Broward County
Contact: Jose Donayre, Chairman, email

Watch for the mail-out that will be sent to all club members. This will be going out soon and will have details on hotel registration as well as banquet information and all sorts of other goodies that will be part of this event!

November 30, Dec. 1-2, 2007

Caloosahatchee Bromeliad Society Show and Sale - Terry Park, 3410 Palm Beach Blvd. (SR80) Ft. Myers. Contact Steve Hoppin at or 239/997-2237June 24 - 29, 2008
18th World Bromeliad Conference
WBC 18 - "Bromeliads Down Under"
Cairns, Australia
Cairns International Hotel
Hosted by Cairns Bromeliad Society Inc.
P. O. Box 28 Cairns Qld 4870
and the Bromeliad Society International
More Information can be found at the "Bromeliads Downunder" web site.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to both visit Australia and see a World Conference!