Went to Lowe's a couple weeks ago and got a couple plants off their clearance rack. It amazes me how ignorant the garden workers are about many of the plants they sell.
Let me back up, When I graduated from high school 15 years ago I got a part time job working in the Lowe's garden center. I loved it for the most part. I learned a lot about plants during my time there. When I first started there however- I was uneducated and made many of the same mistakes I see their workers making today.
Not to mention how downhill the Lowe's tropical plant selection has gone over the years. They used to sell a large variety of ferns, tropicals, and orchids. Now it seems to be the most basic houseplants.
The workers tend to over fertilize, and over water- not to mention they use plain old tap water from a garden hose. This is a huge no no for ferns and orchids. Fertilizer will kill many plants- especially ferns. So will watering with untreated tap water.
On the flip side- many of their plants end up on the clearance (death) rack. If you are good with plants you can save many of them simply by repotting and proper care. Which is what I tend to do. Saved a few philodendrons and ferns that were nearly dead when I purchased them from Lowe's.
So a couple weeks ago I got a Bromeliad Guzmania that was half dead- but had a pup growing off the side. It's a poor man's brom, but I try to keep things cheap with this project.
I mounted it to a piece of driftwood, then covered it in sphagnum moss, epiweb moss, and java moss. It looks great. Hopefully it does ok. I don't have any airflow in the this tank, but keeping it mounted in the air should help keep root rot away.
I may end up switching it out for a nicer Bromeliad sometime in the future.
All the other plants are still doing great and growing in.
PS- Sorry for all the writing- I tend to type a lot! Also must apologize for my horrific photography skills. I just use my phone to take pics. And really the photos don't do the tank justice. It looks so much brighter and greener in reality.