Sun loving bromeliads

San Diego, CA(Zone 10b)

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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Coffs Harbour, Australia

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

San Diego, CA(Zone 10b)

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...

Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

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

Larry

Coffs Harbour, Australia

Large? I reckon it gets Humungous! He he

Tampa, FL(Zone 10a)

Fairchild loves Fireball>

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Tampa, FL(Zone 10a)

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

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Tampa, FL(Zone 10a)

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

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Tampa, FL(Zone 10a)

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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Coffs Harbour, Australia

Hi Dale, the third pic looks like Aechmea blanchetiana, and the forth photo looks like Alcantarea imperialis 'Rubra'.

Tampa, FL(Zone 10a)

Thanks Weed, I have labeled those photos....

This is Androlepis skinneri in a sunny place.

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Tampa, FL(Zone 10a)

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

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Tampa, FL(Zone 10a)

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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Coffs Harbour, Australia

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)

Tampa, FL(Zone 10a)

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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Coffs Harbour, Australia

Yeah mate! Neoregelias! he, he. In fact, I don't know if they are, but most likely!

Odessa, FL(Zone 9b)

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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Odessa, FL(Zone 9b)

Here is a better look at the pup.

Jim

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Ventress, LA(Zone 8b)

Could it be Neo. Spectabilis? (painted finger nail)

Odessa, FL(Zone 9b)

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

Ventress, LA(Zone 8b)

You are welcome. I have lots of the painted finger nail.

Springfield, MO(Zone 6a)

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

Ventress, LA(Zone 8b)

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?

Odessa, FL(Zone 9b)

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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Springfield, MO(Zone 6a)

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

dave

Ventress, LA(Zone 8b)

Hawkarica
I had no idea Broms would get so large. I have never seen anything like that!

Fort Myers, FL

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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