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Name: Lin
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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plantladylin
Feb 14, 2019 7:45 AM CST
Sherri, what beautiful photographs! Lovey dubby I haven't visited Leu Gardens since the 1970's and those photos sure make me want to take a trip over there again!
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Feb 14, 2019 10:02 AM CST
Hurray! Gorgeous photos, Sherri! Thanks for posting them.
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ardesia
Feb 14, 2019 10:27 AM CST
I agree , great pics. I Lovey dubby the N. 'Passion' also.
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Name: Scott
Tampa FL (Westchase)
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ScotTi
Feb 14, 2019 5:16 PM CST
Looking for a ID. What are your thoughts On this Aechmea? Flower/Brac was reminiscent of Aechmea Fasciata.

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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Feb 14, 2019 6:44 PM CST
I'm no help, but I love the coloration.
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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Feb 14, 2019 7:28 PM CST
I have seen A. fasciata with that much greener color. It may depend on the light?
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tx_flower_child
Feb 14, 2019 8:35 PM CST
Beautiful pictures, Sherri. A nice treat.

Can't help you Scott. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Maybe y'all can help me. I just got this sweet little porcelain vase and not sure what to put in it. I'm thinking it could handle a tiny succulent or a small hair air plant. Or, heaven forfend, a small bouguet of paper flowers.

The vase is made out of porcelain and doesn't have a drainage hole. The tag says it's 2.75" x 3.5" if that means anything to y'all.

So here it is.

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Any ideas?

Name: Scott
Tampa FL (Westchase)
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ScotTi
Feb 15, 2019 4:03 AM CST
Dutchlady1 said:I have seen A. fasciata with that much greener color. It may depend on the light?


Yes light effects the greener look on the leaves. What boggles my mind is the dark purple black color on the lower leaf surface. The dark color is not evident on the undersides.
My other fasciatas do not develop the dark coloration.
Name: Sherri
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sunkissed
Feb 15, 2019 6:53 AM CST
That is interesting, Scott, maybe it is a cross hybrid of fasciata, the leaves kind of remind me of nudicaulis. Shrug! My nudicaulis 'Parati' gets that deep dark purple/black coloring in the center cups.

TX, cute vase, maybe put a plastic pot inside propped up on a few rocks to allow water drainage below, a plant that likes more water.
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
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Gina1960
Feb 15, 2019 7:05 AM CST
@tx_flower_child I was at Lowes the other day to get paint for the sunroom and of course had to walk through the garden center. There was a perfectly good, HUGE, in bloom yellow phal orchid (yellow with a pinky-purple lip, very cute) THREE blooming spikes only just starting to go out of bloom on one scape. On the deader rack. It was planted in a very large (larger than a cereal bowl diameter) deep ceramic bowl in a huge mass of moss, and in the same planter with it was a very nice, large Pink Allusion syngonium (in a plug of dirt, just stuck in with the moss). There was no other pot for the orchid. There are NO drainage holes. This is just a recipe for killing this plant. Half price ($13). I bought it. Took the doomed orchid out of the pot, repotted it into an appropriate container, planted the syngonium by a totem in the greenhouse so it will climb up, and now I have this nice ceramic container with no holes...will do as Sherri said and put in a layer of drainage material and sit something nice in there. In a normal garden center, this ceramic planter might have cost $13 all by itself. I can;t believe Lowes sometimes
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Name: Alice
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ardesia
Feb 15, 2019 9:58 AM CST
You can always go to HD or Lowe's and get a ceramic drill bit, it might say ceramic and glass. I drill holes in all sorts of pot materials. I have even used masonry bits for those very heavy ceramic pots. Sure beats having smelly water in the bottom of a container. The drill bits come in a variety of sizes.
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Name: Lin
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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plantladylin
Feb 15, 2019 10:17 AM CST
Tx ... cute little pot. You could use it as a decorative "cache" pot; just sit a small plastic potted plant down inside of the cute one.
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tx_flower_child
Feb 15, 2019 6:54 PM CST
Too bad my little vase is too big to use for a soft boiled egg. Not that I remember how long it takes to boil one.

Too scary for me to try to drill a little hole in such a small vase. I'd probably have to glue the shards back together. I think that's known as the Humpty Dumpty problem.

I haven't been out today but meant to go to Lowes or HD. (They're directly across the street from each other.) I know that they have some little succulents and maybe tillys in 2" pots. I'd like to see if one would fit in my gal. Else I'm going the artificial flowers route. The nursery where I bought her had some very delicate paper flowers in the larger versions (sisters?) and they looked very very pretty. Might have to take a picture if they didn't sell them all for valentines.

Or here's an idea from Nicholson Hardie Garden Center:


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Name: Scott
Tampa FL (Westchase)
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ScotTi
Feb 15, 2019 7:20 PM CST
tx_flower_child said:Beautiful pictures, Sherri. A nice treat.

Can't help you Scott. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Maybe y'all can help me. I just got this sweet little porcelain vase and not sure what to put in it. I'm thinking it could handle a tiny succulent or a small hair air plant. Or, heaven forfend, a small bouguet of paper flowers.

The vase is made out of porcelain and doesn't have a drainage hole. The tag says it's 2.75" x 3.5" if that means anything to y'all.

So here it is.

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Any ideas?


Find a nice Tillandsia that will fill your vase that will give the appearance of hair. No soil is needed for the Tillys.
Here is one that sits on my Lani as a center piece for a table. I soak it in water overnight 2x a week and shake the water off and just sit it back in its display.

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Name: Lin
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

Region: United States of America Deer Region: Florida Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Feb 15, 2019 7:51 PM CST
Scot, nice display! That Tillie looks wonderful in the Cherub container. Lovey dubby
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tx_flower_child
Feb 15, 2019 10:10 PM CST
ScotTi said:
Find a nice Tillandsia that will fill your vase that will give the appearance of hair. No soil is needed for the Tillys.
Here is one that sits on my Lani as a center piece for a table. I soak it in water overnight 2x a week and shake the water off and just sit it back in its display.





Do you really water it overnight twice a week? That seems a little excessive.
Name: Alice
Ponte Vedra, FL (Zone 9a)
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ardesia
Feb 16, 2019 6:41 AM CST
You have a good eye for design Scott. Thumbs up
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Name: Scott
Tampa FL (Westchase)
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ScotTi
Feb 16, 2019 8:09 AM CST
The Cherubs are not my thing. I was asked by a friend to do something with it for his wife. He gave it to her for Valentines as she loves plants and Cherubs.
I played it safe soaking 2x per week with the lower humidity levels of the winter. My overnight is usually 9pm - 3am.
This is more my taste...

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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
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Gina1960
Feb 16, 2019 8:10 AM CST
Scott you need to be an interior floral designer. You are very creative and talented in this area
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Name: Scott
Tampa FL (Westchase)
Tropicals Region: Florida Enjoys or suffers hot summers Bromeliad Plumerias Dog Lover
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ScotTi
Feb 16, 2019 8:19 AM CST
Gina, Thanks! I believe everyone has a creative ability when they put their minds to it. "Picture it and go for it" is my motto.

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