Over on the Tropical Plants forum, we had a gal post yesterday that she had a brom given to her as a gift, and it didn't bloom again until just this week. She made the comment that she "didn't really like" bromeliads. I was really amazed, and bombarded that thread with pictures of some favorites from my garden.
Today I was at a garden center that had a really nice display of different kinds and colors so took a bunch of pictures. I'm going to send her over here to take a look at the stunning array from just one store.
Please everybody, post pics of your favorites with jazzy leaves or any that are in bloom. We need to show Sherri that there's a bromeliad for everyone. Plus they're such easy plants, what's not to like?
Best possible plant for dry shady areas under oak trees down here, that's for sure.
Found this one in the grocery store. In retrospect, it should not have been mounted in the crotch of the oak, that can cause rot in the tree. It is better to mount them along the branches or the trunk.
Nuttin but their little bottoms, Deb. They put roots out into the grooves of the bark to hold themselves in place, like orchids do.
If you place them you have to secure them somehow until they get their roots attached to the bark. Liquid Nails works pretty well, and hot glue is not bad either. Once they attach, they really hold on, I had to use a big screwdriver to pry that pink one out of the Y of my oak tree.
wow such gorgeous pictures! i agree bromeliads are care free just be careful spreading granular fertilizer do not let them go down in the well. i always spread them on the ground around them. also for the ones in the trees i used those nice tea bags that have stitching make a cut put slow release pellets in them and wrap in spagnum moss and put near the roots. i do it with the orchid in the trees too.
Agreed, and that is an excellent idea about the tea bags. I do drop a few grains of mosquito bits in the throats of the broms. This is the same stuff as mosquito dunks but in a granular form. It has not harmed my plants at all.
Elaine, you said the brom given as a gift didn't bloom again until just this week. I didn't realize they rebloomed. I thought when done blooming, the plant put out pups and died. Are there some that continue to live?
I love all those glorious showy blooms!
The ones I have are less than flashy, just pretty foliage. Kristi
Cryptanthus ~ Pink Starlite
Absoulutely wonderful photos. I didn't know they could grow in a tree...I have trees...lots of trees. I would love to try that.
So many different kinds. Ardesa that bilbergia is so pretty, I've never seen anything like that. Candela the Fairchild is really pretty, I have seen something similar to that before. The flowers are all so beautiful.
Ok dizzy you are getting me hooked now...all my DH needs is me buying more plants...lol.
No need to buy them, Sherri. The exotic ones can be expensive. Get starts Free! from your neighbors and friends. They are the easiest plants to raise from divisions. Growing in/on trees is fun, but their best use is in the shade under the trees, where nothing else likes to grow.
Kristi, each separate rosette of leaves only ever has one flower. Then they make pups and the pups bloom. That is how they 're-bloom'. Some of mine bloom twice a year. So don't throw away any brom after it has bloomed, let it make babies, then if the mother plant gets scruffy, cut it out and let the small ones grow. See candela's cryptanthus (above) in the coconut? Looks like she could make about 20 separate plants out of that one!
Your Pink Zebra is just lovely! The leaves look like feathers with those intricate markings. I'm going to hunt for one of those.
Here's a small one - leaves are about 8in. - called Matchstick, that I got as a start from a DG friend. She says it spreads like mad and blooms really well, too. This flower is long since spent, but still pretty. I think the florets on the ends were purple.
We have a person who regularly reports in who lives in Colorado (Zone5 I believe) who grows Colocasias Alocasias Musa(banana) and such! It just depends on how much you want to work at it. You can grow Musa Bajoo inMinnesota and leave in the ground over the winter if you do a little research!
As far as the cold weather issue goes, Kristi, I think if I lived where you do, I'd grow my broms outside from March through October, then take a few pups of each kind indoors for the winter, once the cold threatens. They're such easy transplants. Throw some extra mulch around the ones left outdoors, and they might survive, too. But you have the indoor ones as insurance if they don't.
I'll bet you'd be amazed how easy and prolific they are when grown outdoors. Mine all survived two record cold winters here with no frost protection whatsoever. Our record cold winter might be about equal to one of your normal winters, I'd think?
You know, I've got a friend that leaves a large pot of Bilbergia outdoors. When the days grow short and the temps dip, it begins to bloom like mad. I suspect in an attempt to reproduce to survive but it is very pretty. I intend to snag a start of that one. It is a pink Bil.
Elaine, if/when I acquire enough broms to plant outside I will indeed try what you suggest, thanks for that idea.
Minnesippi ~ you should indeed give it a go. You won't believe how it warms those freezing winter days to gaze upon the lush foliage of tropicals.
I did like the coconut shell planter full of Candelas' crypts. I suspect that one is C. cascade ~ very pretty. Mine is currently in a hanging basket. It should eventually drape down like a spider plant.
Also tropicalnut777 ( I think) who lives in Provo UT (also Zone 5) and loves banana plants - they have the added challenge of no humidity! When I lived in Salt Lake, the only place any tropicals would grow was in my master bathroom. Luckily it had a south-facing floor to ceiling frosted window. Perfect light for them. We cooled the house in summer with a swamp cooler, which added some humidity, too.
Minnisippi, I'd love to share but sent off all my starts a couple of months ago. I'll have more to share by the summer, though.
I feel a trip to Lowe's coming on today...my DH will shake his head at me when he gets home if I get more plants.
This year they would probably have survived the winter with some protection. Hasn't been much below 30 the whole winter. Only 1 below zero day so far - which isnt typical. No snow either. Maybe if I can construct a greenhouse (out of old windows) I would have better luck.
Thank you for the encouragement :)
Gorgeous, Alice. I went To Selby on Member's Day to get my free plants, (two tiny orchids) and shopped the annual plant sale on the way out - got two humungous starts for $3 apiece. They are well rooted and growing now, but no blooms yet. I've only been back once since then, with a group so no time to shop . .. luckily. LoL
Ardesia I have no idea the name but looks like a bilbergia. I have never been to selby's looks gorgeous. The majority of my yard is deep shade. All the ones in the front are under a royal poinciana so there are no leaves through winter but summer all shady but they still flower nicely.
Fantastic deal, minne. Just one thing, broms do grow naturally where the humidity is quite high. They're ok with cool, it gets down to freezing even here occasionally and most nights are in the 50's in winter, but the humidity is usually at least 30%. They're epiphytes, so designed to collect water and nutrients from the air. (great indoor air cleaners!)
While you've got the heat on through winter, you might need to put them on trays of pebbles with water, (see podster's picture in post 8995220 above) or mist them whenever you get the chance. Also keep them away from heat vents, and grouped together so they'll help to humidify the air surrounding the whole group.
I am fairly sure it is in the bromeliad family, possibly a bilbergia as someone else mentioned. I would love to find one of them. It was hanging in the orchid house at Marie Selby Botanical Garden where they have a lot of varied, but all gorgeous, tropicals.
Plants for peg, thank you...can you ID the last two on 9101, they came from you about 2 years ago. I don't understand why the first one wants to grow sideways, maybe I need to repot it. And the last one has had more cold exposure than the other one. I am fairly sure you labeled them you sent them but the labels got lost somehow.
GA, looks like those last 2 in post 9101 are both stretching for light since the leaves are so long. I usually send Neo. Spectabilis fingernail, but your pics are hard for me to identify. I don't have anything with yellowish centers. On the attached pic, Neo Spectabilis fingernail is the one on the left where you can see the patterned underside of the leaves. I will look at our Dmail and see what I sent.
I love the pic in bloom just above this post. We'll have to do a brom trade again.
Do try to save the "stretching" broms. You may be able to get some pups from them.
I remove the pups when they get about 1/3 the size of the mom. If removed too young I find they struggle to get roots. What works well for me is to slice the soil/roots where the mom and pup join, then wait 2-4 weeks before removing the pup completely. The mom may then make more babies. I do this usually when the weather is nice outside during the spring or summer and even fall. I find if I shower my broms once a month outside with the hose and get all the leaves and stale water out it helps. Don't be afraid to really "shoot um". It won't hurt.
Thank you so much, after I read back over our dmail, I realized you were not the one that sent those, another lady in Florida sent those. Sorry. I do have the fingernail one though as you can see, its doing great. Thanks for sending that one, I love it. The others were that big when she sent them. I'll have to do a dmail search and find her name and see if she listed the names. Thanks
Oh Goody, Mine won't die then? I am so blessed to be abole to keep mine going from Elaine and kayJones.. Hope they bloom again! So, I can put ferts on them, I didn't know, and I can use moss instead of soil>? Or.. oh poo, I better go read some more instead of drooling over pictures..
Ms.Joe, Bromeliad Neos don't bloom again. They take about 2 years for a pup to grow big enough to bloom. After blooming the mother puts out multiple pups. Eventually the mom dies, but by then you may have six or more babies just like mom enough for trades.
Bought this one as a pup about a year and a half ago. It hasn't bloomed yet. I think it isn't a Neo though.
It's name is Red Chestnut.
I know, this topic seemed to grab everyone's interest. 87 posts counting this one! There's really not that much blooming even down here at this time of year, and especially after the cold weather the last two nights, things will be pouting for a while and slow to bloom.
So the huge range of color and leaf forms in the broms are always interesting, and as I said earlier, mine don't seem to mind a little cold weather, either. Hope the cold didn't chase you home from camping, Sherri!
Cassie, it's the time of the year and maybe they are getting ready to make "more" babies.
I use mostly peat moss with perilite. Let them get root bound. They like small pots. When they have just been repotted I put large gravel on top to hold them steady. I take the gravel out after they are not so wobbly in about 2-3 months. Mine are grown in pots only so I can take them inside for the winter...at about 45 degrees or less they go in the GHouse.
Thanks Peg, I appreciate your advice. It is good to know gravel will hold them in place. I use Perma Til in my potting mixes, it should work as well because it is heavy. I heard Dennis Cathcart from Tropiflora speak on cold hardy broms a few years ago and he mentioned it is a good idea to keep them in pots. Even in the garden, you can just sink the pots or build up the mulch around them. Certainly makes it easier to bring them inside if necessary. This one, Neo 'Zoe', was in a 6" pot for years, it was just sitting in the hanging basket which was full of long fibered sphagnum moss.
I was looking at some Broms at Lowes and Home Depot, they sure are expensive. I was at Lukas Gardens and forgot to go into the tropical building to see what they had.
Dyzzy we still camped but it was dreary most the days and the wind was strong. We took our kayak and it was such a workout going over the choppy water. Never rained until the last night, but it was pretty cool. At least the evenings cleared and we could see the moon while by the fire pit.
The day we got home it was predicted to go down to 35, was 33 when I got up in the morning. So had to unpack the Mo home take it back to the storage yard and then come back and drag all my tropicals and peppers and tomatoes back in the FL room again.
I saw a live lizard in my closet yesterday that the cats haven't found from dragging in all those plants. I only shudder to think what else I brought in. :) Hopefully that is the last time I have to do that.
My brom still looks good, I put a cover over it those two freezing nights. It is by my water fountain and I plan to add some more around it now. I just cleaned out all the leaves that fell from my turkey oaks and pulled up some asparagus fern to make room for them.
Took the fam to the conservatory yesterday and hit the Brom room...OMG! FABULOUS! "Isnt that the one you have in the living room mom?" :) So many varieties. I was in heaven walking throughout the whole place. The "spice" room, the palm room, fern room, orchid room... Supplementing until spring.
Just about all my broms are in (or on) the ground. They really don't have much in the way of root systems, so when it's time to move them indoors, I think you'd be very surprised how easy it is to uproot them. Next time I divide mine I'll take pictures as I lift them. They love it in the leaf litter under my oak trees. Don't seem too bothered by the competing tree roots, since they get a lot of their nutrients from the air.
The two fancy ones I bought from Tropiflora, I am going to sink the pots, as you say Alice. Although my one black Aechmea has two pups, so I might separate one and try him in the ground next to the mama. If they'll spread and make a pretty little colony, that's what I really want. Plus hopefully to have some pups to share by fall.
Pegforplants ~ yes, I've bought on ebay and had mixed results. When they were bad, they were QUITE disappointing. It also takes packing properly or these pretty leaves will be battered and bruised easily.
Dyzzypyxxy ~ do you know which Aechmea that is? I have A. black chantinii which it favors.
Plantsforpeg, I'd strongly recommend you look at www.tropiflora.com if you want to buy broms online. They are a local grower here in Sarasota and have an excellent reputation. You might pay a bit more than on eBay, but you will get a lot more choices, and you absolutely won't be disappointed.
I only go up there when I've saved up some money, and have one particular thing in mind. If I don't rein myself in that way, I could just go wild! They have huge shade houses full of the most mind-boggling array of broms!
Twice a year they hold a plant festival, but I'm going to be out of town for the Spring one, sadly. =o(
When is it, Elaine? I'm feeling a vacation, lol. There's going to be a show near me, about a hour away this weekend and I can't wait to go. I went last year and bought lots of beautiful plants. Oh and Tropiflora is going to be there,,,yay!!
Dennis comes to a lot of out of town plant festivals, that is how I first met he and his wife. They are just great people. If you register with tropiflora as a VIPP (it's free) you get a discount on shipping. They also enable you with weekly emails that make you drool all over the keyboard.
Those are usually the ones that are already out of stock by the time I get to read the email. I have lost out several times recently which was probably for the best, like I need more plants????? LOL Broms are so easy care however, it is hard to say no. Recently I found some mosquito dunk stufff that is in a granular form so you can put a few grains in the throat of the broms to keep mosquito larvae from growing.
Paula, I meant to add, I always knew you were a Very Important Plant Person. :-)
If not too much trouble could you please D-mail me date of Tropiflora in 2013. I have wanted to go for years if I don't make it soon I'll be in a rest home. Have friend down there I could stay with for a couple of days. One in Oct. is what I have tried to attend but my friend is always in mountains at that time. Appreciate your help.
I bought a neo. More pepper please for 88 cents plus 6.50 postage. The seller will send me three pups with different names for a total of 11.18 which includes shipping. This is my first purchase from ebay ever. I enjoy looking at the bromelaids. They have some very good ones.