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									Bromeliad Cultivation
The least rewarding aspect of bromeliad cultivation is the fact that each rosette produces a colourful bract only once and then dies.

Aglaonemas are mostly of compact habit and deserve to be more popular than they are at present. Specialist nurseries list several varieties, but on the whole they tend to be neglected. A few, such as the species Aglaonema commutatum, have rather dull foliage, so the hick of interest may be quite understandable.

However, there are other sorts available, A. pseudo-bracteatum for example, that will brighten any collection of plants. Spear-shaped leaves of A. pseudo-bracteatum are dream and green in colour and will attain a length of some 18 to 24 in. which is inclined to make this plant somewhat less compact than the majority of aglaonemas. A. robelinii was for many years one of the reasonably popular plants which could be purchased without too much difficulty, but this has now been superseded by A. Silver Queen, which, as the name suggests, has silver-grey foliage that is also compact and neat in appearance.

Mother bulbs are expensive to purchase, but case of culture and spectacular flowers make them worthwhile acquisitions. Using pots only slightly larger than the diameter of the bulb, potting up should be undertaken in the autumn, J.I.P.3 being a suitable compost. Whatever compost is used it is essential that it should be rich, and not too thin and light.

One precaution : like the aspidistra they are very susceptible to damage if leaves are cleaned with oil or other chemical concoctions, so it is wise to experiment with one or two leaves before treating the entire plant with such products in order to he on the safe side.

The time can be reduced by adding carefully controlled amounts of chemical to the water in the reservoir, but it is not the sort of treatment that can be recommended to the householder owning just one or two plants.

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