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Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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dyzzypyxxy
Oct 30, 2019 12:05 PM CST
Yes, the first 'cool down' is a few weeks overdue, for sure. We started the school garden up 2 weeks ago, and it's really been too hot for both the kids and the gardener/teachers. We've had to cut our sessions short because people were getting overheated (me included).

Anybody know about Guzmania? I bought these in bloom last year, and planted them in my big, mostly shady border. They're making huge clumps of leaves, but not coloring up at all. Some are entirely in shade, some get sun for short periods during the day. All have leaves around a foot long! Any idea how I get them to bloom?
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Elaine

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Name: Scott
Tampa FL (Westchase)
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ScotTi
Oct 30, 2019 1:32 PM CST
Elaine, I have not grown Guzmania's but for a very short time and have no experience in the followup flowering. My understanding is that it can take 1-5 years.
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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
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dyzzypyxxy
Oct 30, 2019 2:04 PM CST
Hm, thanks Scott. I can't help but think they were somehow forced to flower at a tender young age/size.

There must be something the growers do to force the blooms. I guess I'll experiment next summer with something like a bloom booster fert. Too late in the year now to expect much, I think.
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Scott
Tampa FL (Westchase)
Tropicals Aroids Amaryllis Cactus and Succulents Orchids Foliage Fan
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ScotTi
Oct 30, 2019 2:21 PM CST
Elaine, I agree that the growers must use something to induce flowering. With the amount of Guzmania's always seen for sale they are not waiting 1-5 years as it would not be profitable.
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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
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dyzzypyxxy
Oct 30, 2019 3:16 PM CST
Curious to see if . . Maybe . . The first cold front might be a catalyst for them. If it ever happens!!
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Scott
Tampa FL (Westchase)
Tropicals Aroids Amaryllis Cactus and Succulents Orchids Foliage Fan
Dog Lover Plumerias Bromeliad Enjoys or suffers hot summers Region: Florida Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
ScotTi
Oct 30, 2019 3:21 PM CST
I have read ethylene gas is the secret. I did the apple in the bag trick with one of mine and I still see nothing so far. Whistling
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
The one constant in life is change
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dyzzypyxxy
Oct 30, 2019 8:58 PM CST
Ooh, great idea. I've got a bunch of apples I was going to throw out - maybe I'll just toss them in my Guzmania clumps instead. Won't be able to do the bagging part, but hey, it's a use for some apples that otherwise were going on the compost.

The possums will very likely eat them anyway, no matter if they're in the garden or the compost.
Elaine

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Name: Sherri
Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b)
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sunkissed
Oct 31, 2019 7:13 AM CST
dyzzypyxxy said:Yes, the first 'cool down' is a few weeks overdue, for sure. We started the school garden up 2 weeks ago, and it's really been too hot for both the kids and the gardener/teachers. We've had to cut our sessions short because people were getting overheated (me included).

Anybody know about Guzmania? I bought these in bloom last year, and planted them in my big, mostly shady border. They're making huge clumps of leaves, but not coloring up at all. Some are entirely in shade, some get sun for short periods during the day. All have leaves around a foot long! Any idea how I get them to bloom?
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I have some Guzmanias most have no color to them while not in bloom, just green. Only one has a maroon coloring to the the leaves and two others are variegated, so a bit more interesting while not in bloom. They seem to take a couple years for the new plants to bloom again, some even three years. All of mine are in filtered shade/sun with more shade than sun. I don't buy anymore because they are pretty boring when not in bloom, but nice to fill in areas around a tree base or back drop to other plants.
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