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Mar 1, 2019 5:49 PM CST
Name: Scott
Tampa FL (Westchase)
Amaryllis Enjoys or suffers hot summers Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Plumerias Orchids Foliage Fan
Region: Florida Dog Lover Cactus and Succulents Bromeliad Aroids Tropicals
The masterpieces of color at sunset on the first of March.
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Mar 1, 2019 5:51 PM CST
Name: Scott
Tampa FL (Westchase)
Amaryllis Enjoys or suffers hot summers Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Plumerias Orchids Foliage Fan
Region: Florida Dog Lover Cactus and Succulents Bromeliad Aroids Tropicals
A few more shots...
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Mar 1, 2019 11:12 PM CST
Name: Frenchy
Falls Church, VA (Zone 7b)
Region: Ukraine Tender Perennials Container Gardener Dog Lover Houseplants Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Tomato Heads Hostas Tropicals Annuals Foliage Fan Aroids
Wow, those are all gorgeous, Scott! Smiling
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Mar 2, 2019 6:31 AM CST
Name: Sherri
Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b)
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Bromeliad Native Plants and Wildflowers Salvias Aroids Tender Perennials Foliage Fan
All just beautiful, Scott, all so clean, I'm still fighting leaves here, now the live oaks are filling my bromeliads, they're the hardest to get out of the centers.

Lots of blooming bromeliads in my garden right now...
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Mar 2, 2019 6:39 AM CST
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 38 years
Aroids Region: Florida Tropicals
I'm just curious @ScotTi, estimate how many individual bromeliad plants that you think you have?
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Mar 2, 2019 7:52 AM CST
Name: Scott
Tampa FL (Westchase)
Amaryllis Enjoys or suffers hot summers Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Plumerias Orchids Foliage Fan
Region: Florida Dog Lover Cactus and Succulents Bromeliad Aroids Tropicals
Gina, I estimate named and unidentified Bromeliads 150-200.
Is there a 5 step addiction program?
Here is a peek at the 3 new named Neo. pups added to the collection yesterday.
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Mar 2, 2019 8:36 AM CST
Name: Scott
Tampa FL (Westchase)
Amaryllis Enjoys or suffers hot summers Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Plumerias Orchids Foliage Fan
Region: Florida Dog Lover Cactus and Succulents Bromeliad Aroids Tropicals
Here is a update on the solid color offspring removed from Neo 'Yang'. It has produced its first pup and has held the coloration of mom.

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Mar 2, 2019 9:49 AM CST
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 38 years
Aroids Region: Florida Tropicals
Mine are not as pretty as yours at this time of the year...I have yet to start the bed cleanup, but here are a few that have been out in the flowerbeds for years
This is Bil Georgia (I think), its some lady's name, it may be 'Louise', but this is one of the hardiest Bils I have ever seen. Its growing against a 3 ft retaining wall with one of my many 'probably an Ae Blanchietta' plants
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And this is a nearby clump of said unknown. I have them everywhere. Front, back, by the pool....you can see how large they can get, well on the scale of a normal blanchettiana
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And a few high color Neos by the walkway


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Bil rosea blooming by the back door


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And a stand of them under the azaleas by the pool


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Mar 2, 2019 2:38 PM CST
Name: Mike
Hollywood Fl
Tropicals
ScotTi said:Gina, I estimate named and unidentified Bromeliads 150-200.
Is there a 5 step addiction program?


Please keep me posted if you have any success with intervention
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Mar 2, 2019 2:41 PM CST
Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
Birds Enjoys or suffers hot summers Ponds Organic Gardener Orchids Master Gardener: Florida
Hummingbirder Hibiscus Fruit Growers Region: Florida Dog Lover Container Gardener
Everyboy's broms look fabulous and Scott, yours really do look so clean all the time. Sighing! I am envious.

Not that I can ever be accused of using one often enough but a large Kelly Clamp is great for getting the tiny Live Oak leaves out of the thorny deep throats of bromeliads. This one is about 12"long.
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Mar 2, 2019 2:45 PM CST
Name: Karen
New Mexico (Zone 8a)
Region: New Mexico Region: Arizona Region: Ukraine Cactus and Succulents Plant Identifier Plays in the sandbox
Greenhouse Bromeliad Adeniums Morning Glories Avid Green Pages Reviewer Brugmansias
I've got some of those, and they do work well. I pick things out of my cactus with them.
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Mar 2, 2019 3:02 PM CST
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 38 years
Aroids Region: Florida Tropicals
I use those in my beadwork. But I use a leaf blower to clean up the broms LOL
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Mar 2, 2019 6:29 PM CST
Name: Scott
Tampa FL (Westchase)
Amaryllis Enjoys or suffers hot summers Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Plumerias Orchids Foliage Fan
Region: Florida Dog Lover Cactus and Succulents Bromeliad Aroids Tropicals
Waykoolplantz said:

Please keep me posted if you have any success with intervention


I was tempted today when I went to get paint for the house.
I went to check out the garden center and this one caught my eye.
If it is a Neoregelia it's a new one to me, but my thoughts went to it actually being Aechmea 'Mend'.

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I do know the label is wrong.

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If I really believed it was a Neoregelia it would have joined the cart of paint. 😂
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Mar 2, 2019 6:57 PM CST
Name: Karen
New Mexico (Zone 8a)
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I think you need to go back. It is a pretty one! Rolling on the floor laughing
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Mar 3, 2019 6:34 AM CST
Name: Scott
Tampa FL (Westchase)
Amaryllis Enjoys or suffers hot summers Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Plumerias Orchids Foliage Fan
Region: Florida Dog Lover Cactus and Succulents Bromeliad Aroids Tropicals
plantmanager said:I think you need to go back. It is a pretty one! Rolling on the floor laughing


Here is A. 'Mend' in the garden for comparison.
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Mar 3, 2019 7:31 AM CST
Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
Birds Enjoys or suffers hot summers Ponds Organic Gardener Orchids Master Gardener: Florida
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Yeah, you don't need to go back, you already have that one and it is chock full of pups. Hurray!
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Mar 4, 2019 5:59 AM CST
Name: Sherri
Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b)
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Bromeliad Native Plants and Wildflowers Salvias Aroids Tender Perennials Foliage Fan
ScotTi said:Gina, I estimate named and unidentified Bromeliads 150-200.
Is there a 5 step addiction program?
Here is a peek at the 3 new named Neo. pups added to the collection yesterday.
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Scott, what is the far left Neo. with the dark spotches?
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Mar 4, 2019 6:16 AM CST
Name: Sherri
Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b)
Butterflies Birds Bee Lover Hummingbirder Organic Gardener Tropicals
Bromeliad Native Plants and Wildflowers Salvias Aroids Tender Perennials Foliage Fan
Scott, I agree that isn't 'Tricolor Perfecta' I do think Mend, and price is way too high. Blinking

I use the leaf blower for my large in ground and potted bromeliads, agaves, and aloes, works pretty good. The smaller potted plants I use a little set of tongs, kind of in my back pocket all the time...on going job this time of year. Sometimes I just take the hose to a plant and wash all the tree debris out of it, in fact that is one of my Spring day projects once the last leaves fall from the trees....Then the dog gets a bath. LOL.

I'm surely a bromeliad addict, I've been trying really hard to walk on by a new bromeliad...it's hard...really hard. Whistling


My three year old Neo. 'Zoe'
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Mar 4, 2019 6:36 AM CST
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 38 years
Aroids Region: Florida Tropicals
I tend to be a lot more apt to buy them when I am at either Tropiflora or a garden festival that has some nice and unusual ones. The box stores here do have them (as does every other grocery store, Trader Joe, Freshmarket, Publix, etc they have the mass produced Guzmanias and Neos) none of them have anything I want.
I don't tend to buy by 'cultivar' or species name, I buy by the looks of the plant, but the ones available here are a far cry from what ScotTi seems to see everyday just sitting around. I Have Ae Mend somewhere, bought it years ago, its floating around the yard in some nook or cranny.
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Mar 4, 2019 7:27 AM CST
Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
Birds Enjoys or suffers hot summers Ponds Organic Gardener Orchids Master Gardener: Florida
Hummingbirder Hibiscus Fruit Growers Region: Florida Dog Lover Container Gardener
Sherri, I used to have a 'Zoe' that looked just like yours. Sadly, like me, it got old and woody so I am starting over with some young pups.
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