Florida Gardening forum: I so love Red

Page 1 of 2 • 1 2
Views: 2184, Replies: 24 » Jump to the end
Name: Paul Velasco
Saint Cloud, Florida (Zone 9b)
Image
Chavez
May 18, 2012 5:14 PM CST
Getting a new leaf on my Flamethrower Palm (Chambeyronia hookeri or macrocarpa)

Thumb of 2012-05-18/Chavez/b55892

Will be spectacular in a day or two

Thumb of 2012-05-18/Chavez/36eb6a

Now some NOID Bromeliads

Thumb of 2012-05-18/Chavez/63512b

Thumb of 2012-05-18/Chavez/26d86f
Name: Robert B
Bradenton, Florida (Zone 9b)
Plumeria to trade!!!
Enjoys or suffers hot summers Hummingbirder Region: Gulf Coast Amaryllis The WITWIT Badge Seed Starter
Bromeliad Plant and/or Seed Trader Tropicals Ponds Dog Lover Plumerias
Image
RobertB
Jun 23, 2012 5:21 PM CST
You love red?? You need some red Plumerias!! They grow great in Florida...
Siam Red (aka Thailand Red) Plumeria
Love that Bromeliad!

Thumb of 2012-06-23/RobertB/3eb2f1
Name: Paul Velasco
Saint Cloud, Florida (Zone 9b)
Image
Chavez
Jun 27, 2012 7:07 AM CST
Just got one of those, Malaysian Red, but it is just a cutting and rooting right now. Hope to have blooms by end of summer.

Should have another frond opening on the Flame Thrower (Chambreyonia hookeri) in a few days.

Anyone else got some red suggestions?
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
Plumerias Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator Region: Florida Cat Lover Garden Sages Cactus and Succulents Tropicals
Image
Dutchlady1
Jun 27, 2012 7:17 AM CST
You need a Brazilian Red Cloak plant. It blooms in the winter!
Megaskepasma erythrochlamys - look it up in the database!
Name: Paul Velasco
Saint Cloud, Florida (Zone 9b)
Image
Chavez
Jun 27, 2012 7:28 AM CST
Ohhhh that is a wonderful suggestion. Can this be pruned to form a hedge? Does is bloom on new or old growth? Only ask as it may grow a bit tall for the area I am thinking to plant it.

Keep the suggestions coming.
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
Plumerias Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator Region: Florida Cat Lover Garden Sages Cactus and Succulents Tropicals
Image
Dutchlady1
Jun 27, 2012 7:32 AM CST
I trim mine all the way back to about a foot and a half every year since in my case it also would get too big. It behaves just fine. It also has the most wonderful bright green foliage and I have never had any problems with pests or anything.
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
The one constant in life is change
Cat Lover Master Gardener: Florida Tropicals Multi-Region Gardener Vegetable Grower Region: Florida
Herbs Orchids Birds Garden Ideas: Level 2 Garden Sages Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
dyzzypyxxy
Jul 20, 2012 2:44 PM CST
Hm. Last year my Brazilian Red Cloak bloomed in the winter, but this year it is blooming already! I took this pic yesterday. The blooms last a very long time, though.

I grew this one from a cutting I got last year, and it is about 4ft. tall now. It has fairly large leaves - 15in by 9in. - so I don't think it would make a terribly good hedge plant. Also it is somewhat tender to cold, so it might drop leaves if we get some cold weather. Nothing worse than a hedge with no leaves!

I plan to cut mine back in early spring like Hetty says she does, to keep it a nice size. The one I saw at Selby Gardens was about 10ft tall and wide.

Thumb of 2012-07-20/dyzzypyxxy/fc38aa
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Region: Florida Dog Lover Birds
Image
flaflwrgrl
Jul 21, 2013 6:57 PM CST
How about Odontonema strictum? Blooms in the winter, summer, spring & fall. Grows fast. Very drought tolerant after establishment & it's "humming bird heroin" --- guaranteed to get them coming to your yard!
Firespike (Thyrsacanthus tubaeformis)

Cut off stems, stick them in water & they root at the joints or ground layer them. It will make a hedge but you'll be cutting it b/c it grows fast.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
Plumerias Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator Region: Florida Cat Lover Garden Sages Cactus and Succulents Tropicals
Image
Dutchlady1
Jul 22, 2013 5:42 AM CST
I noticed a friend's Red Cloak doing this too. Everything seems out of sync this year in South Florida.
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
The one constant in life is change
Cat Lover Master Gardener: Florida Tropicals Multi-Region Gardener Vegetable Grower Region: Florida
Herbs Orchids Birds Garden Ideas: Level 2 Garden Sages Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
dyzzypyxxy
Jul 22, 2013 8:22 AM CST
My Red Cloak bloomed for months this winter, and is starting another bloom cycle now. Go figure! It did this last year, as is evident from the picture above.

Mine is a fairly young bush, only 5ft. wide and tall so I've never cut it back like you do, Hetty. It's competing with an oak tree, so maybe that's slowed it down a bit. Wonder if it's cut back in spring it might miss this summer bloom cycle.

Thumb of 2013-07-22/dyzzypyxxy/994a21 Thumb of 2013-07-22/dyzzypyxxy/217d3a
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
Plumerias Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator Region: Florida Cat Lover Garden Sages Cactus and Succulents Tropicals
Image
Dutchlady1
Jul 22, 2013 10:11 AM CST
dyzzypyxxy said:Wonder if it's cut back in spring it might miss this summer bloom cycle.


I think that is quite likely the reason why mine doesn't rebloom.
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
The one constant in life is change
Cat Lover Master Gardener: Florida Tropicals Multi-Region Gardener Vegetable Grower Region: Florida
Herbs Orchids Birds Garden Ideas: Level 2 Garden Sages Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
dyzzypyxxy
Jul 22, 2013 10:28 AM CST
I will need to cut mine eventually, but maybe I will only cut the longest branches, and leave some so I can have the best of both worlds. (I can dream, at least Rolling my eyes. )
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
The one constant in life is change
Cat Lover Master Gardener: Florida Tropicals Multi-Region Gardener Vegetable Grower Region: Florida
Herbs Orchids Birds Garden Ideas: Level 2 Garden Sages Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
dyzzypyxxy
Aug 26, 2013 1:50 PM CST
Brazilian Red Cloak in its glory. As I recall, the blooms don't last quite as long in the summer as they do in winter.

Reminds me a bit of the fabulous Rhododendrons in British Columbia where I am from. Although of course the red on this is a calyx and the flowers are the little white tubular guys. Hummingbirds seem to like those little flowers, though.

Thumb of 2013-08-26/dyzzypyxxy/eb3782 Thumb of 2013-08-26/dyzzypyxxy/a7b994 Thumb of 2013-08-26/dyzzypyxxy/a7dadc

Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
Plumerias Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator Region: Florida Cat Lover Garden Sages Cactus and Succulents Tropicals
Image
Dutchlady1
Aug 26, 2013 2:51 PM CST
Love that plant! I cut mine all the way back every year after it finishes its winter bloom cycle, so I don't get the summer one.
Name: Dawn
Lake Mary, FL (Zone 9b)
Image
Morningloree
Sep 14, 2013 7:53 PM CST
Firespike
Thumb of 2013-09-15/Morningloree/ef827e
Vinca
Thumb of 2013-09-15/Morningloree/a8db5b

Have to agree, I so love red, too!

Eastside Central Florida (Zone 9b)
Palmpaws!
Image
ThreePointTwoWhites
Sep 16, 2013 3:42 AM CST
Chavez, I love your Flamethrower! About a month ago, or however long ago, we got a baby one. It hasn't opened the newest frond yet, but oooh I hope it looks like yours!


Flaflwrgrl, what are the cute flowers with red spikey --in your avatar-- called? And can I grow it in my zone?? lol.
It's okay to call me Shirley. :o)
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Region: Florida Dog Lover Birds
Image
flaflwrgrl
Sep 16, 2013 5:11 AM CST
Welcome! Welcome! Welcome! to ATP!!!!

Those cute little flowers are common name Pineapple guava & yes! they will grow in your area. Green Grin! Drought tolerant, I love the color of the foliage, you can actually eat the flower petals & they make little fruits you can eat. See:
Pineapple Guava (Acca sellowiana)
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Eastside Central Florida (Zone 9b)
Palmpaws!
Image
ThreePointTwoWhites
Sep 16, 2013 9:45 AM CST
Thanks, Flaflwrgrl, for the welcome and the name and the bonus extra info...what a wonderful forum!
It's okay to call me Shirley. :o)
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Region: Florida Dog Lover Birds
Image
flaflwrgrl
Sep 16, 2013 11:02 AM CST
You're most welcome TPTW! That's a heck of a lot to type --- your screen name that is, so I hope you don't mind that I shortened it as I have.
Oh, gulp, *Blush* *Blush* *Blush* I just saw your signature line.
Shirley Green Grin!

We bought this place in March & the previous owners had planted a # of them but kept them as tightly clipped (too formal for moi) hedges but I can say that they are tough & their leaf color makes a really nice contrast to the deep, shiny green of holly (which are also formal hedges here). However, I can say that all the formal is going to the dogs! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Things will be allowed to grow some under our care & when we can get around to it, many will be moved out from the walls of the house & allowed to become the plants they always wanted to be. Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! Unfortunately, it's too late for these pineapple guavas to become tree form but I hope to propagate some cuttings for such. There are few small trees that can rival the pineapple guava in looks.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Eastside Central Florida (Zone 9b)
Palmpaws!
Image
ThreePointTwoWhites
Sep 17, 2013 3:33 AM CST
Re-doing landscaping is such fun, back-breaking, mind-boggling, time-consuming hard work. I LOVE that it's going to the DOGS! lol Thumbs up Wishing the very Best of Everything for you!!! Lovey dubby
It's okay to call me Shirley. :o)

Page 1 of 2 • 1 2

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Florida Gardening forum
You must first create a username and login before you can reply to this thread.

Today's site banner is by ge1836 and is called "Pacific Blue Ice"