These blooms are a first for me!

Taft, TX(Zone 9a)

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)

Please let me share my joys with you!
gail

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Taft, TX(Zone 9a)

Here is the one at the opposite end of the shelf!

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Springfield, MO(Zone 6a)

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.

Enjoy!
Dave.

Taft, TX(Zone 9a)

Well, now that I know they can bloom, I will have to give them a new home next spring.

Lutz, FL(Zone 9b)

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!

Melanie

Taft, TX(Zone 9a)

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.

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Winter Park, FL

Hi Gessiegail ...........

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.

John

Taft, TX(Zone 9a)

They have lots and lots of babies now. Do I just let the mother wither away after she blooms or do what you said and repot all the babies (in the same pot or different pots?)
Thanks

Winter Park, FL

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!

John

Taft, TX(Zone 9a)

sounds like a good answer to me and less work FOR me!
Thanks

Red Oak, TX

gessiegail, these are a first for me too, I have quite a few bromeliads, but no blooms so far. Several have put out pups, I think the blooms are a bonus, the foliage is quite interiesting.

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Red Oak, TX

look what I saw while looking for blooms this morning. I thought that they were supposed to be hibernating.

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Taft, TX(Zone 9a)

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.

I also have so many salamanders for some reason.

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