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nomosno
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

February 16, 2009
8:06 AM

Post #6145391

I took this picture in Miami at the Fairchild Tropical Garden. I love this idea and am trying to recreate it here is San Diego becase if we have something here in abundance is sun. I would like to receive recommendations for 4 - 5 sun loving broms, please!

The pic is not very good but If you recognize any of the plants on it, let me know.

Thanks

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weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

February 17, 2009
7:05 AM

Post #6150126

The red ones look like Neoregelia 'Fireball' or one of their cultivars, and the stripey ones look like Aechmea orlandiana, or cultivars like 'Bert'
http://www.bromeliads.co.nz/sunny.html
This is a NZ site, but has a list of sun hardy Broms, so have a browse. It might help.
Sue
nomosno
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

February 17, 2009
7:44 AM

Post #6150154

Thanks Weedwoman Sue (and maybe one day you will see the Shade House in San Diego). BTW there is also a large succulent garden and a rose garden nearby for your pleasure! Oh, and a palm grove! And ...

you get the idea...
larrycook
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

February 18, 2009
1:20 AM

Post #6153461

A. Blanchetiana is a great sun loving plant. It can be mounted on rock or go into ground. It can get large.

Larry
weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

February 18, 2009
6:25 AM

Post #6154643

Large? I reckon it gets Humungous! He he
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

February 21, 2009
12:02 PM

Post #6168715

Fairchild loves Fireball>

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DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

February 21, 2009
12:03 PM

Post #6168717

They have quite a few N. 'Fireball' in their landscape>

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DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

February 21, 2009
12:05 PM

Post #6168722

This maybe an Aechema, I am not good with names.

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DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

February 21, 2009
12:06 PM

Post #6168724

I have no idea the name on this one, but, they had a nice stand of them at the entrance to the parking lot in full sun>

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weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

February 22, 2009
5:16 AM

Post #6172336

Hi Dale, the third pic looks like Aechmea blanchetiana, and the forth photo looks like Alcantarea imperialis 'Rubra'.
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

February 22, 2009
11:26 AM

Post #6172697

Thanks Weed, I have labeled those photos...

This is Androlepis skinneri in a sunny place.

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DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

February 22, 2009
11:28 AM

Post #6172700

Here is one at Selby Gardens in Sarasota, no ID. Seems to take bay side conditions very well>

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DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

February 22, 2009
11:32 AM

Post #6172704

Here is another next to the greenhouse at Selby, not especially 'pretty', but, it sure left an impression on me (I am waiting for Weed Woman to ID these so I can label the files)>

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weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

February 23, 2009
10:25 AM

Post #6177169

Ohh, sorry dale, but without a flower it doesn't make it easy to ID a green leafed one. The top ones are Alcantarea vinicolor, or so the label says. he, he (I cheated)
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

February 23, 2009
11:37 AM

Post #6177239

Being able to read has never been considered 'cheating' - we have millions of people who can't read - tragic.

WeedWoman, I am throwing down the gauntlet. Can you name all these>

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weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

February 24, 2009
8:47 AM

Post #6181932

Yeah mate! Neoregelias! he, he. In fact, I don't know if they are, but most likely!
hawkarica
Odessa, FL
(Zone 9b)

May 9, 2011
3:12 PM

Post #8550510

About 18 months ago I paid a handsome sum for this small bromeliad and was told it was a sun lover. I put it in the sun last year and it did well, even putting out a pup. Can any of you hazzard a guess as to its name?

Jim

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hawkarica
Odessa, FL
(Zone 9b)

May 9, 2011
3:13 PM

Post #8550513

Here is a better look at the pup.

Jim

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plantsforpeg
Ventress, LA
(Zone 8b)

May 10, 2011
12:06 PM

Post #8552517

Could it be Neo. Spectabilis? (painted finger nail)
hawkarica
Odessa, FL
(Zone 9b)

May 10, 2011
1:47 PM

Post #8552698

I think you are right, Plantsforpeg. Taking your clue, I have further defined it as Neoregelia spectabilis Rubra. Every picture I pull up looks just like my plant. Thanks for the help!

Jim
plantsforpeg
Ventress, LA
(Zone 8b)

May 10, 2011
3:03 PM

Post #8552914

You are welcome. I have lots of the painted finger nail.
digital_dave
Springfield, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 11, 2011
1:12 PM

Post #8555152

Hawk's plant looks a lot like Neoregelia cruenta 'Sun King' - it's a big Neo and looks great in nearly full sun as long as it gets enough humidity. I'll also second the Aechmea blanchetiana as a sun lover.

dave
plantsforpeg
Ventress, LA
(Zone 8b)

May 11, 2011
6:13 PM

Post #8556494

Dale, I have such trouble growing fireball. I have one so stragly right now that I am embarrased to post a pic. What's your trick?
hawkarica
Odessa, FL
(Zone 9b)

May 12, 2011
11:16 AM

Post #8557942

Dale, I have looked at several pictures of 'Sun King' and I think it is too big to fit the bill. Here is a picture of mine in a pot next to a blanchetiana.

Jim

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digital_dave
Springfield, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 12, 2011
1:53 PM

Post #8558371

Yes, surely not Sun King - I didn't realize it was that small.\

dave
plantsforpeg
Ventress, LA
(Zone 8b)

May 12, 2011
3:01 PM

Post #8558541

Hawkarica
I had no idea Broms would get so large. I have never seen anything like that!
SeabreezeFL
Fort Myers, FL

October 18, 2011
2:23 PM

Post #8854325

nomosno,

All alcantarea do well in full sun in CA and FL. plus you get years and years out of them.
Also, Dyckia seem to be popular out there because they are so xerophytic. If you need a mail-order supplier for some, let me know!

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