Florida Gardening forum: keeping Bromeliads warm

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Name: Gone Tropical
Orlando, Florida (Zone 9b)
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GoneTropical
Jan 7, 2012 2:24 PM CST
Here's how we keep my bromeliad bed toasty, under a hoop house and with an electric space heater. Warm day today, so I let some air in.

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Billbergia nutans

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Billbergia windii bloom spike (compare size to B. nutans in background)

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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Jan 7, 2012 4:09 PM CST
Great job and if that B. windii needs to be divided I'd like to be in line for a pup Smiling
Name: Jan
St. Pete,FL
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Budgielover
Jan 8, 2012 6:42 PM CST
Nice broms. I put some of mine under the tent too. I don't have many but there is a brom breeder a mile down the road that I got mine from and he always has pups available at decent prices. I love em but don't have alot of shade.
Name: Gone Tropical
Orlando, Florida (Zone 9b)
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GoneTropical
Jan 9, 2012 6:38 AM CST
Hetty, sure I am always up for a trade :-)

lucky you Jan, a brom breeder next door. I'd be his best customer Hilarious! but I get my fix at the monthly club meetings.
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Name: Jan
St. Pete,FL
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Plumerias Dog Lover
Region: Florida Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Seed Starter Seller of Garden Stuff Tropicals Hummingbirder
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Budgielover
Jan 9, 2012 7:12 AM CST
Is it a brom only club? If so, you may have heard of him. Bromeliads Galore. There's another brom collector/seller also in St. Pete called Jack's Bromeliads.

http://tampa.craigslist.org/pnl/grd/2777970497.html

http://www.jacksbromeliads.com/
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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Jan 9, 2012 8:19 AM CST
GoneTropical, I have sent you a tree-mail!
Name: Gone Tropical
Orlando, Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: Florida Butterflies Irises Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Plant and/or Seed Trader
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GoneTropical
Jan 9, 2012 9:17 AM CST
got it Hetty. maybe it's best you come for a visit in spring, this way I save me the shipping of the plants you like Hilarious! I'll send you home with a trunk load of plants Big Grin
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Name: Jeremy Lucas
Jacksonville, FL
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JaxFlaGardener
Mar 22, 2012 3:51 PM CST
I've found many Bromeliads to be a lot more winter hardy than might be expected. I have several clumps of Bilbergia and others in my garden that don't have much protection other than overhanging oak branches or evergreen vines. It was no problem this warm winter (20s F for a few hours on two nights), but even in the 2009/2010 exceptionably cold winters (low 20s F for sustained periods for up to 2 weeks), my Bromeliads came through fine with little protection. Even if the plant freezes back to the ground, it will generally rejuvenate from the root crown.

I've also found, by happenstance, the best planting spot for bromeliads. I had some large old Live Oaks taken down several years ago. They had dead branches that were threatening to fall through the roof of our house. I had the tree surgeons leave all the wood from the Live Oaks. Some portions of the trunk were about 3 ft in diameter and couldn't be moved. As they began to decay, I started sticking bromeliads into whatever portions of the bark that I could. The old oak trunks are now just about completely covered with Bromeliads! The oak continues to decay, so I suppose I will need to come up with some more oak tree trunks at some point in the future. The decaying oak also makes great dark, humusy soil once the earthworms and other soil critters have digested it.

Jeremy
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Name: Jan
St. Pete,FL
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Plumerias Dog Lover
Region: Florida Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Seed Starter Seller of Garden Stuff Tropicals Hummingbirder
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Budgielover
Mar 22, 2012 5:12 PM CST
I don't usually have too much problem with prolonged freezes over here but the winter you are talking about was hard on everything. I ran out of covers so I ran to the feed store and got some cheap bales of hay and put a layer about 6 in tall over the broms and others and they are came though fine. Use the hay afterward in the composter and for mulch.

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