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Bromeliads edible?

Discussion in 'Tortoise Diet and Food' started by tyguy35, Apr 18, 2012.

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  1. tyguy35

    tyguy35 Active Member

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    F I plant bromeliads on my leos enclosure are they safe. The one I have has a pink center and long green leaves?[hr]
    Also I bought a soil called nature mix says the ingredients are perlite humus peat moss and compost I open it up and it's black soil but there are the what looks like fertilizer rocks is that what it is. I don't get it it said organic all natural
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    Ohhhhhh exo Terra jungle mix will work to grow things woot
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    wellington Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    The only thing I could find on thetortoisetable.org is the air plant, which is safe and grows in Africa. Is that the same plant you are talking about? If not search the pictures of the above listed web site and see if you can find one that matches.
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    im not sure it had a different name under that site but had no flower bomeliads are common in vivs [hr]
    those are bromeliads
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    wellington Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    The picture you posted is what I thought you were talking about, however I spelled it wrong and up came the air plant bromeliad, oops:p:D. No, I couldn't find a picture that looked like yours, so I am not sure. The air plant is safe though :D
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    haha i dont even know if i can get that plant here but ill keep a look out. hopefully someone else sees and can tell me
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    Aechmea: The ‘Silver Urn’ (A. fasciata) is a very popular member of the Aechmea group. It has dark, green leaves with silvery bands and a beautiful pink inflorescence. It produces many off-shoots and is an easy bromeliad for beginners.

    Water: Allow potting medium to dry between watering; water in the “cups” at all times.
    Light: Morning sun or bright light.
    Potting medium: Well draining soil or soil and bark.

    http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/photo/2632614830101783265MvwKoR
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    Ok so if he ate it forsure he won't get sick
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    I believe that the only hazard would be the jagged reverse spikes/spines on the leaves of the plant....maybe use a toe nail clipper and clip off the sharpest ends....again, OCD here :p
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    Haha it's something that would worry me lol so it's edible then no worries about being toxic?
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    Yes, it is fine for munching if that should occur.... :p
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    K thanks alot you know your stuff
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    one thing that caught my eye: you said the potting mix contains perlite...I understand from other threads on this forum that people tend to avoid perlite because the white chunks are attractive to tortoises who will sometimes eat them and get impacted...something to consider.
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    dmmj Thhe member formerly known as captain awesome Staff Member

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    Those little perlite piecesoyu find in potting soil are an attractive nuisance to tortoise keepers, they often love to eat them. There is a brand of potting soil sold at lowes called super soil, it has nothing but dirt in it and it is cheap like 8 bucks for a big old bag.
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