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Dec 25, 2019 4:29 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
The mention of Scale on plants is not a good thing. In many varieties of Bromeliads scale (non insect) form striking silver bands and overlays on the leaf surface and/or the undersides.
This is your opportunity to share the beauty of scale on your Bromeliads.
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Billbergia 'Foster's Striate' showing scale overlay on underside of over turned leaf.
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Neoregelia 'Pauciflora' (lg dark form) showing scale banding on upper and undersides.
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Dec 25, 2019 4:44 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
Aechmea 'Fasciata' gets it's nickname 'Silver Vase Plant' from the heavy silver scale banding on reverse and upper leaf surfaces.

Careful when handling as the scale can be accidentally scratched.
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Leaf partially wiped clean of scale showing glossy green leaf that lies beneath.
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Dec 26, 2019 7:23 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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Interesting! Now I am going to have to go out and look carefully, up close and personal, at the broms. I certainly never knew the color of the A. Fasciata could be rubbed off. Wow, don't tell Lowe's or they will be inscribing holiday messages like Happy Valentines Day on them.
Minds are like parachutes; they work better when they are open.
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Dec 27, 2019 7:49 AM CST
Name: Sherri
Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b)
Butterflies Birds Bee Lover Hummingbirder Critters Allowed Tropicals
Bromeliad Native Plants and Wildflowers Salvias Organic Gardener Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Tender Perennials
ScotTi said:Aechmea 'Fasciata' gets it's nickname 'Silver Vase Plant' from the heavy silver scale banding on reverse and upper leaf surfaces.

Careful when handling as the scale can be accidentally scratched.
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Leaf partially wiped clean of scale showing glossy green leaf that lies beneath.
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A very good example Thumbs up
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Dec 31, 2019 6:13 AM CST
Name: Sherri
Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b)
Butterflies Birds Bee Lover Hummingbirder Critters Allowed Tropicals
Bromeliad Native Plants and Wildflowers Salvias Organic Gardener Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Tender Perennials
Ok, I took a few pics for ya. I have a few plants with the white banding scale.
Aechmea chantinii, you can see where I scratched some off.
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Aechmea Vaquero, I would say this is scale? It's subtle but it does scratch off. Young plant, should really color up as I move it into more sun.
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This is a Billbergia, Muriel Waterman, quite a few Billbergias have the white banding.
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Another A. chantinii with heavy scale.
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