This isn't exciting to people who know and grow bromeliads but I know nothing about them. A friend gave them to me last spring and I put them on a shelf on the front porch just because I like the shape and look of them. I never dreamed they would bloom as they never get any direct sun at all. (back side of the porch)
Since they are in shade they tend to be a little less tubular, but if that's the way you like them, great! This one looks like B. braziliensis or B. vittata. Look for the long flower petals to coil up in a spiral. Unfortunately they don't last very long in bloom.
Just wait until they fully open! I keep checking mine since this is the time of year they bloom. They also pup very well so you might have some of your own to share this spring! Those blooms don't last nearly as long as some other bromeliads, but they're so showy I don't mind. I think it makes it more special when they do bloom!
it is a dark dreary cold day but I can hardly wait until spring to start growing different kinds of bromeliads. This sounds like fun. The light has already come on the front porch...That is how dark it is today.
Don't forget that bromeliads bloom only one time! When it's done ... that's it! The good news is that they usually make numerous babies (pups) which form at the base of the plant; you can leave them intact - or remove them when they are at least 1/3 the size of the parent, pot them up - and repeat the entire growth and bloom cycle! ... one of the great joys of brom culture.
Suit yourself ! ... You can pot them separately - leave them enmasse in the pot - or whatever. If you remove them - the mother plant may continue to throw out a few more pups; she will start to decline at some point. If you leave them all in the same pot - cut out the mother plant when she starts her decline!
placenciarita, that first picture of the bromeliad is one that I saw yesterday at the nursery in Rockport and almost bought one as they were in full bloom outside.
Two of my grandchildren find frogs first thing year around when they hit my back door. They put them in my terrariums (not planted of course) until night time when their parents ask them to let them out with their 'families' for the night.