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Bromeliad

(JOE) Chicago, IL(Zone 5a)

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(JOE) Chicago, IL(Zone 5a)

Another test Sorry for the test pics new here

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(JOE) Chicago, IL(Zone 5a)

How about one more

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South Venice, FL(Zone 9b)

Nice collection, I just adore the striped leaved broms too!

Welcome to Dave's Garden!
Cathy

Lutz, FL(Zone 9b)

Must be hard to have them in Chicago. Whenever I get jealous of all the things I can't grow because it's too darn hot, I just look out back at my bromeliad garden and it makes me feel better.

Melanie

(JOE) Chicago, IL(Zone 5a)

Hello Cathy Thanks and yes they are my favorites too. Hello Melanie I feel they same way about the cold here wishing it was warm and I could keep my 600 plus plants outside. Here is a link to my collection http://community.webshots.com/user/rezny alot of pics grab a cup of coffee and enjoy them. Joe

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Middle of, VA(Zone 7a)

Absolutely beautiful - LOVE those colors!!!

South Venice, FL(Zone 9b)

Joe, thanks for the link. I did enjoy a nice cup of English Breakfast tea last night while I looked at your pics. Fantastic collection!
These pics were a few of my favorites:
100-0140, 100-0564, 100-0490 (I just love orange flowers!)
Here's one of my little collections.
Cathy

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(JOE) Chicago, IL(Zone 5a)

Thanks Chantell glad you like them. Thanks Cathy also glad you like the pics. You are lucky to live where it is warm I really wish I could keep mine outside all year it's a lot of work to bring all my plants in for the winter.

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South Venice, FL(Zone 9b)

I can only imagine how many trips back and forth you make. I grew up in Mass, but I sure do appreciate the warm weather here!

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West Central, FL(Zone 9b)

Bromfreak, my jaw dropped as I sat watching the slide show of your pics.
What a beautiful collection of plants!
When you do something you do it right!
I especially admire your setup and the way you have them arranged in such a nice setting.
Thanks so much for sharing!

I have only just begun my obsession with broms, I have a grand collection of 5...lol!
The way I got started was when another DGer handed me a brom one day at my house and said,"Would you like a common Bromeliad? I just don't care for them at all and I really don't want to throw it out." I wasn't sure what to do with it since I had never owned one, but I am always up for something new, and to learn about it. So I kept it and watered it when it seemed to need it.
Well several months later it bloomed and I fell in love.

Middle of, VA(Zone 7a)

None of mine (I only have a few, myself) have bloomed yet - but the COLORS when they're outside...THAT'S what did it for me!!

Central, LA(Zone 8b)

bromfreak your plants are outstanding and your photography is amazing!!! What is that orangey bromeliad you posted today at 4:47? What kind of camera do you use? Amazing pictures!!!!

Jeri

New Iberia, LA(Zone 9a)

wow! what an awesome collection! thanks for sharing. i love all your tropicals too...and really admire how well you can grow them in your zone. my favorite brom was the green and white one 100_0064 (on page 7). any idea of the name?

(JOE) Chicago, IL(Zone 5a)

Good Morning Everyone I will try to reply to all of you one at a time. Cathy it's not just the trips back and forth but each one has to be flushed out and dead leaves removed some repotted etc. LOL My best estimate is about 2 weeks of work before they are all in for the winter.

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(JOE) Chicago, IL(Zone 5a)

Good Morning Shellabella Thanks for the nice comments. My collection is always a work in progress I like to change things around alot LOL thank goodness there all in pots. I understand your obsession which for me started out as a mild curiosity but then I was bitten by this bug I am sure all the brome collectors know which one I am talking about the one that once your bitten there is NO turning back. You start looking for more info on these amazing plants and you find all these websites with pics and more pics. The more you see the more you want and you buy one and it comes to your house you open it up and and you say what a cool plant and then it happens now I am talking Twilight Zone stuff here LOL the doorbell rings and it's the postman with another box and no sooner you close the door and it rings again and it's the ups guy and he has a even bigger box and so it goes the doorbell never stops ringing you have so many boxes you could start your own cardboard box factory. Then you have all these plants but you forgot the pots lots and lots of pots. But what about potting mix gotta have that wait was that the doorbell? I am sure you know what i mean but what enjoyment and satisfaction I get from my gardening as I am sure all the wonderfull people on this forum and all gardeners no matter what you grow recieve from being in touch with nature.

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Middle of, VA(Zone 7a)

OMG THAT is too funny...and sadly too true...know that happened with my C & S collection (before I narrowed down what my pref was) and I feel it "coming on " with these as well. "...each one has to be flushed out and dead leaves removed some repotted..." I've not killed any of mine yet - but "just in case" is there a site and/or book you feel is better then another regarding the care of these gorgeous plants? Sorry to bombard you with questions...

(JOE) Chicago, IL(Zone 5a)

Hello Jeri Thanks for the comments. I use a Kodak easyshare Z7590 Camera still have not figured it all out yet. The plant is a neo hybrid not sure of the name.

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(JOE) Chicago, IL(Zone 5a)

Hello Cathy I have not read any books learned about these from reading forums and a lot of trial and error. What really got me going was the pics of the brome shows go here http://fcbs.org/pictures.htm at the top click on the shows link and check the pics out just fantastic I only wish I could grow them as well as these.

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(JOE) Chicago, IL(Zone 5a)

Hello ashlykelly Thanks for the comments. The plant you like is Aechmea Samurai.

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West Central, FL(Zone 9b)

Oh I like that one too and about 100 others...lol!

Brom....I know what you mean about the plants arriving and the obsession! I have a dinning room table full of empty boxes I need to breakdown and store today...lol!

I started out collecting Orchids, then Passies, then EE's then semps, now Broms. I love all my collections and add to all of them every year.I have a whole yard I am creating and so there is always room for at least one more....lol!
In my mind tho, my place is much bigger than it actually is!

Middle of, VA(Zone 7a)

Shella - thank God the orchid bug hasn't bitten me yet...the rest on your list....oh yeah...my living room (EE's) and yard are proof...LOL

Winter Park, FL

Greetings ! ..........

Regarding the reply with photo from Bromfreak dated Jan. 16 @ 12:26 p.m.;
the plant in the photo is not aechmae Samurai ............... it is aechmea Chantinii - and appears to be the black form. Samurai is a vareigated form, the cream colored stripes running vertically along the leaf, the silver "bars" running horizontally - giving the effect of green & cream plaid. There is also an albomarginated form called "Shogun". Both of these are Japanese hybrids - and both are extremely beautiful!

John

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