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PlantFiles: Bromeliad, Neoregelia
Neoregelia 'Fireball'

Family: Bromeliaceae (bro-mee-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Neoregelia (nee-oh-reg-EL-ee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Fireball


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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

under 6 in. (15 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
Medium Blue

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is monocarpic
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive MotherNature4 On Apr 20, 2008, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is an all time favorite. Needs bright light to keep its true red color. It does really well on weathered wood or in the crotch of a tree.

It survives in the upper 30's with no problem.

Positive Dave_in_Devon On Jul 19, 2007, Dave_in_Devon from Torquay
United Kingdom (Zone 9b) wrote:

This plant turned up in a packet of in a packet of what was supposed to be Ochagavia seeds. Goodness knows how the mix-up occurred, but it must have been at the seed house since the two plants are very distant geographically. It was the only seedling to appear from that packet of seeds and almost I immediately realised it was not Ochagavia.

12 months on it has formed a small, 6" wide rosette of leaves that have turned a warm red shade in this not-so-sunny summer (it's been a bad one in the UK this year) and is already sending out several new offsets.

It is variously thought to be a natural hybrid or true species, but has never been identified. The fact that it has cropped up in a batch of seed seems to indicate a specific status. It's a lovely plant already and quite a fast grower too. I look forward to when it develops into a mass of growths training over the edge of a basket.

Positive BayAreaTropics On Oct 17, 2005, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

A great bromeliad..very distinctive in size and color. Summer color is more intense,keep in full sun in winter sunlight and it will keep its color. A high demand makes it hard to find. Just a real standout in a hanging basket for the tropical look garden. Hardy to below freezing.

Neutral euphorbrom On Aug 21, 2001, euphorbrom from New Orleans, LA (Zone 9A) wrote:

This plant may bloom if very happy, but the flowers are way down in the central cup abd not very noticeable. It sends out offsets prolifically on woody stolons; let these stay on and you will have a gorgeous cluster in a few years. DO NOT FERTILIZE. Replace water in cups once a week. Nobody is really sure of the origin of this plant - it may be a hybrid or a species.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Lillian, Alabama
Millbrook, Alabama
Hayward, California
San Francisco, California
Bartow, Florida
Bonita Springs, Florida
Dunedin, Florida
Estero, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
North Palm Beach, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Umatilla, Florida
Vieques, Puerto Rico

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