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Name: Scott
Tampa FL (Westchase)
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ScotTi
Feb 16, 2019 11:53 AM CST
I thought I would start a thread dedicated to your creativity with displaying the Bromeliad in the landscape. Share your thoughts and ideas from mounting to plantings in the garden.
Name: Scott
Tampa FL (Westchase)
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ScotTi
Feb 16, 2019 12:05 PM CST
Here's a display concept I have in my mind and I seek your thoughts.
I vision a very large terracotta pot partially buried on it's side with Neo Fireball spilling from the pot incorporated into my landscaping. Here is the idea in a staged rough look using a old plastic pot. Keep in mind the pot would be partially buried.

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Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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plantladylin
Feb 16, 2019 12:45 PM CST
Oh, I love that idea and WOW, that is one beautiful mass of Neo. Fireball! Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby

I've seen flower pots like in these photos, laying on their sides: https://www.bing.com/images/se... with plants billowing out but never with Broms and I think Fireball would be amazing flowing out of a bright blue or red painted pot.
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Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
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ardesia
Feb 16, 2019 2:48 PM CST
Very cool, Lovey dubby
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Name: Karen
New Mexico (Zone 7b)
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plantmanager
Feb 17, 2019 11:42 AM CST
I love your idea with the Fireball, Scott! That is a gorgeous mass of it.

I have a lot of bromeliads I was given when we visited Florida. They can't be outside all winter. I've been trying to think of a way to stage them outside for the summer. I was thinking of massing them with some old cactus wood I have that looks sort of like driftwood. I'd probably bury the pots for the summer so it looked more permanent. We have terrible winds all year. Do broms hold up to winds?
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Name: Scott
Tampa FL (Westchase)
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ScotTi
Feb 17, 2019 5:37 PM CST
Karen, I have had no problems with my Bromeliads in high winds from tropical storms.
Name: Karen
New Mexico (Zone 7b)
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plantmanager
Feb 17, 2019 9:17 PM CST
Thanks, Scott. That's good to know. We're on a hill with absolutely no protected outdoor areas.
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Name: Sherri
Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b)
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sunkissed
Feb 18, 2019 1:55 PM CST
That looks great Scott, an good idea like something you'd see on Pinterest. Thumbs up Thumbs up

I'd like to get ideas from others on displaying bromeliads, especially those like me with limited space to display them.

I found this two tier wire basket at an antique shop, perfect for holding all my little potted Cryptanthus plants, now no worried of the critters knocking them over.
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Name: Scott
Tampa FL (Westchase)
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ScotTi
Feb 18, 2019 2:38 PM CST
Sherri, I hope to get started on building a vertical wall within my garden for growing Bromeliads. The outer walls of my home are receiving a face-lift and I hope to recycle some of the old boards to build it.
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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plantladylin
Feb 18, 2019 3:29 PM CST
We have a large blank wall at the front of our house that needs something to jazz it up a bit and I was thinking about hanging a large decorative rectangular metal piece out there but I measured, and the metal thing isn't large enough. My husband reminded me that anything metal would probably rust rather quickly anyway and suggested that we find a large piece of driftwood to hang there. I told him that was a great idea and that I could mount colorful Broms to it! There's a row of hedges below the area that we plan to eventually rip out and plant something nicer too but I think I'll concentrate on the blank wall first. Green Grin!
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Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
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ardesia
Feb 18, 2019 3:57 PM CST
Lin, that sounds perfect, I think it would be beautiful. I had to leave so much driftwood at my old house, we just did not have any place to store it here. Sad
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Name: Scott
Tampa FL (Westchase)
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ScotTi
Feb 18, 2019 4:34 PM CST
Lin, We think alike 👌! I think the driftwood with Bromeliads will be outstanding. I am also pondering the same thought for my front wall to the right of the lower window.
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I recently removed the 3 large pots of Bromeliads going down walk along garage wall. They will be returning after the construction.
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Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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plantladylin
Feb 18, 2019 6:18 PM CST
Scot, That area to the right of your window also looks like a perfect spot too for driftwood and Broms ... great minds think alike! Green Grin!

I'm going to be on the lookout for a big hunk of driftwood and I'll keep y'all posted and share photos, if and when I ever get it done. Smiling
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~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot!


Name: Sherri
Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b)
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sunkissed
Feb 19, 2019 6:28 AM CST
I really like the driftwood idea and think it would look great on both your houses, Lin and Scott.

I would like to see a vertical wall, I can get mesmerized by photos on Pinterest, so many cool ideas there.

I do have to go vertical since I've run out of room on the ground. Whistling

I have some wood trellises my hubs made with lattice sides, makes a great way to hang bromeliads. I find lots of little shelves to show off my potted plants.
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Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
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ardesia
Feb 19, 2019 6:40 AM CST
What a great idea Sherri, I have so many individual pots, it would be so much easier and look nicer to have them in one spot with a small footprint.
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Name: Lin Vosbury
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 19, 2019 7:18 AM CST
I love the vertical trellis ... once my hubs is fully retired, perhaps I might see if I can talk him into making me a cedar trellis!
~ I'm an old gal who still loves playing in the dirt!
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot!


Name: Sherri
Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b)
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sunkissed
Feb 19, 2019 8:20 AM CST
My husband built ours when he retired about five years ago. Since he has retired he built two trellis arbors, a small pavilion and a really large pavilion, and a shed. I love retirement...just saying. Whistling
Name: Lin Vosbury
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 19, 2019 9:45 AM CST
My husband is the type who always has to be busy, always has to have something to do. He's partially retired now, only teaching one semester a year (two days a week) and right now he's staying busy with painting projects and things around the house. This coming fall semester will be it for his teaching career and I have a mile long "Honey Do" list for next year which he is happy about. Green Grin!
~ I'm an old gal who still loves playing in the dirt!
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot!


Name: Karen
New Mexico (Zone 7b)
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plantmanager
Feb 19, 2019 10:10 AM CST
My husband has always kept busy with projects of all types. I think I need something like this, Sherri. Beautiful way to display broms!
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Name: Audrey
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Esperanza
Feb 19, 2019 3:08 PM CST
I have a metal spice rack that I saved from a remodel project in an old house. It is the kind that hangs on the back of pantry doors and is about 4'' deep and five or six shelves. It is light weight and covered in a hard white coating of some kind. I would like to paint it black and do a vertical element also. It is light weight and I think would be easy to bring in and out when needed. It has screw holes on the top and bottom for easy wall mounting. I am so envious of all you folks that keep your broms out year round. Most of mine have lost all their color and will need to be slowly acclimated back into the sun in a few weeks hopefully. Hard to say what the weather will be doing for the end of winter/spring.

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