Feeding epiphytes with Tgrowbags.

 

Simply place Tgrowbags in the root zone and water your plants as per usual. The flow of nutrients provide a very easy way to feed your plants, whenever they are wet by rain or by watering. These growbags are very easy to use.

Epiphytes by definition are plants that cling or are supported by growing on other plants. These plants are not parasitic and do not derive any nutrient directly from the plants they grow on. Their host plants just provide a means of support during the epiphytes lifetime. A semiepiphyte will be a plant that spends some part of its life as an epiphyte growing on a tree.

In horticulture this is a big and diverse group with many of our popular houseplants being epiphyte. Many orchids are epiphytes or semi-epiphytes where perhaps their natural habitat is just a fork of a tree or a lower branch where organic debris collects.

Most orchids, bromeliads, Spanish moss, many ferns, numerous aroids, Aeschynanthus, orchid cacti, and Epiphyllums can all live as epiphytic plants.

To flourish and grow epiphytes often have specialised cells and organs for survival in a harsh environment. Some of these are water storage or adaptations to maximize any rainfall or moisture in the habitat.

Often nutrients are quickly washed away during the usual rain cycles. Nutrients can be derived from accumulation of debris in the roots. Leachate from the bark and micro flora associated with root attachment (Mosses, liverworts and other plant colonists) and other organic sources of nutrient. Sometimes nutrients are source from mycorrihizal and symbiotic associations with fungi.

Almost universally nutrients are in short supply and dilute feeding regimes should be adopted to duplicate what these plants are used to.

Tgrowbags can provide a dilute 'nutrient soup' that can readily be utilized to feed these epiphytic plants in a very natural way.

 

Hanging plants.

Where plants are mounted in hanging baskets or large suspended pots, it is very simple to place some Tgrowbags onto the compost, debris or planting mix in which the plants are supported. Determine the number of bags according to the container size and the plant density. Simply water from above and nutrients will diffuse out to feed your plants.

Living walls of plants.

Plant display of mass grouping of plants is a popular method in warmer climates or in exotic greenhouses. It relies on regular watering, either by natural rainfall of by artificial spraying or irrigation. Sometimes plants are attached to a wall by being tied in initially, at other times plants are place around the edge of a large display or on bark or large frames to make naturalistic plantings. Many epiphytic orchids are mounted this way and over time form a network of interlocking roots To feed such displays, simply wire in or place Tgrowbags in mesh bags, so that the water dissolves a stream of nutrients which then flow over and through the display.

Special mature plants or large plants with high nutrient demand can have Tgrowbags fixed in close proximity to their growing zone. Always fix away from the main growing stem and not directly onto roots to avoid any root burn.

As mentioned earlier most epiphytes live in habitats with limited nutrients. Therefore an attentive check should be kept on all plants so that they do not experience root burn from any feeding regime. It is very easy to stop nutrient application from 'Tgrowbags' by simply removing the grow bag. Almost universally when watering epiphytes, the application of good quality water in volume will be the best approach to ensure good growth and eliminate any root burn. Do also always make sure that the temperature of the water is warm enough for the plants you are growing as many epiphytes come from the tropics.