CARING FOR YOUR SUPERBUM
STAGHORN SUPERBUMS are easy to care for and will provide you with a beautiful living display with just the right amount of care.
Your Superbum will be happy in both inside and outside spaces. Ideally a sheltered spot with natural light and air flow.
Water: Superbum’s enjoy weekly waterings. It’s great to keep a spray bottle handy and provide them with a generous misting, concentrating on the top area..
Always check the back of the plant (near where it meets the plywood plaque) to see if the area is dry before watering. If it’s still moist then it doesn’t need watering, just yet.
During Summer your Superbum will love a big drink once a week. Remove the Superbum from the wall, pop it in the tub and gently run water over the entire plant allowing it to drip dry before hanging back up - Misting every other day should keep it looking grand!
Moss edging: To keep your moss looking green it needs to be kept moist. If it is allowed to dry out it will naturally turn brown. The moss will become brown over summer, and can return to a greener colour over winter.
They don’t like...
Full Sun - they will dry out too fast and their leaves will burn - Choose a filtered light position only.
Unnatural light: position your Superbum no more then 2 meters away from natural sunlight. If it’s in a position that doesn’t receive a huge amount of natural light then it will need to be rotated to an area which does, every few days.
Heaters: be aware of the placement of your Superbum during Winter ensuring it's not located near a heater.
Too much water: ensure the top part of the Superbum is dry or almost dry before watering.
Remember your STAGHORN, SUPERBUM is a living plant! Be patient with it, as it might need a time to adjust to it’s new home.
Don’t fret if some of the leaves dry out around the edges or start to go brown this is a natural process, as older leaves die new ones are growing!
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The key to caring for your Terrarium is not to over-care for it. Staghorn's Terrariums are usually created in small vessels and will not require too much attention.
LIGHT: Place it in a natural, filtered light area but not direct sun light.
WATER: To begin with watch your Terrarium carefully to understand it's water requirements.
Too much water can be worse than to little. The soil is a good indication of when to water your Terrarium. When the soil is looking dry it means it's ready for a water.
Water can be sprayed around the inside of the glass which is a great way to clean the inside of the glass and watch the soil soak in the water. It will only require a few sprays. You may need to add small amounts of water while your Terrarium adjusts to it's new environment.
If you happen to over water your plant and/or condensation builds up, then leave the lid off for a few days until the excess water has evaporated.
AIR PLANTS - TILLANDSIAS
Position: A misconception of caring for your Tillandsia is that it doesn't need very much sunlight. Your Tilly should receive as much bright, indirect sunlight as you can provide it. Direct sun can be okay if provided in the morning for about 1 to 3 hours, avoiding the early afternoon sun as the ray's are too intense. A touch of bright morning sun now and again will add to your Tillie's colour and assist in it's bloom and growth cycle. But remember that providing your Tilly with direct sunlight will require more watering as it will dry out faster.
Water: There are a few ways you can water your Tillandsia's, misting, dunking and soaking. The best method is the one that suits you the most. A misconception of air plants is that that don't need much water but they do need both water and sunlight to photosynthesise.
Misting: misting can be handy if you don't want to remove your Tilly from it's display. If misting is your only form of watering then it's best to ensuring you provide your Tilly with a full drenching, over all of it's surfaces. Misting can be a great way to water your Tilly in-between deeper waters. This should be done every 3-7 days.
Misting is not always ideal as much of the spray can land on your furniture and treasured books etc missing your Tillandsia. Ultimately a deeper water less regularly will help your Tilly receive adequate water with the following methods:
Dunking: Dunking or immersing your Tilly will give it the extra water it requires. Run you Tilly under a tap or hose, rotating under the water or briefly immerse it in a tub of water.. this can be done for larger Tillies every 2-4 days and up to every 10 days for smaller varieties.
Soaking: This will provide the deepest and most thorough watering for your Tilly, also great in helping revive dry Tillandsias!
Fill up a sink, bucket or bowl with water and completely submerge your plant, making sure the whole plant is under water, as their leaves absorb the most water not their roots. If done weekly for one to two hours this will provide your plant with adequate watering allowing it to with stand longer periods of drought.
After watering your Tilly give it a good shake upside down to ensure there is no excess water sitting in-between the leaves.
Fertilising: Tillies can survive for months or years without fertilising but the tend to fade and decline without fertiliser. Look out for Orchid fertiliser or other water soluble organic fertiliser with a relatively equal parts Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium and add the recommended amount to water from anywhere from bi-weekly, monthly to once every three months. If you are going to fertiliser your Tillies it's best to provide them fertilsier a day after they have been watered by misting, dunking or soaking!
Things to look out for:
Browning, curling and crisping of leaves could be your Tilly letting you know it has not had enough water.. this can happen if you have only been misting it..
Tillies that start loosing their colour may not be receiving enough sunlight in the position you have placed it, consider relocating it to a area that receives more sunlight.