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Jan 2, 2020 4:51 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
New Year and new beginnings.
I have made a resolution to get every Bromeliad in my collection a aluminum name tag.
The 1"x3.23" tags hold up extremely well.
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Aechmea gamosepala enjoying the great temperatures with a show of matchsticks.
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Jan 2, 2020 5:47 PM CST
Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
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Nice show Scott but how do you keep the squirrels from snitching your tags. Hilarious!
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Jan 2, 2020 6:30 PM CST
Name: tfc
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
I had a few copper tags one time. They didn't hold up very well. Maybe aluminum will do better. Plus your climate is different from mine.

But one always has to look out for squirrels. And what about gators?
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Jan 2, 2020 6:37 PM CST
Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
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If a gator wants my labels he or she is welcome to them. Whistling
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Jan 3, 2020 5:45 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
I have not had a problem with squirrels taking the tags.
The tags come with a small thin wire for easy attachment to plants. For the Bromeliads that I grow in the wooden orchid baskets and coco lined baskets, I use the upturned wire.
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For inground plants I use 8" aluminum gutter nails or the U shaped landscape fabric pins inserted in the ground with the tag attached.
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Jan 4, 2020 4:20 PM 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
I've never seen the aluminum tags, where do you get them?

I have several Aechmea orlandianas starting a flowers..This seems to be there time. I have another one starting a flower also, but not pictured.
A. orlandiana 'Reverse Ensign'
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A. orlandiana 'Ensign'
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A. orlandiana 'White Knight'
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Jan 5, 2020 7:34 AM CST
Name: Mike
Hollywood Fl
Tropicals
I have a older dymo that presses into aluminum ....but they deteriorate after a few years.
While it's nice keeping track of things...I am not really into displaying plant names. Makes it feel like a plant zoo...and there's always one label that annoyingly catches the late afternoon sun to reflect in my eyes.
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Jan 5, 2020 7:57 AM CST
Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
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That is always an issue for botanical gardens, they want to educate but often feel the labels take away from the overall design when the purpose is to show how a plant can be used in a garden.
Minds are like parachutes; they work better when they are open.
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Jan 5, 2020 9:51 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
Sherri, I order the tags from EBay. I usually find the 50ct packs with prices in the $12-$15 range including shipping.

Mike, I understand the annoying look of the name tags and agree. The larger plants the tags are easy to hide the tag within. The smaller type Bromeliads I overspray the tag with a dull aluminum paint and when dry engrave with the name. The overspray stops the reflection of light.
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Jan 5, 2020 10:04 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
The Billbergia 'Foster's Striate' are about to display their first flower show of the year.

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Jan 5, 2020 12:58 PM CST
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 38 years
Aroids Region: Florida Tropicals
I used to use those tags! They are great!
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Jan 6, 2020 5:11 PM CST
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 38 years
Aroids Region: Florida Tropicals
A few bloomers....my little tree mounted Guzmaina is blooming again
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Acanthostachys strobilacea is also starting up
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And whichever Bil this is is looking like my fave colors
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Jan 7, 2020 6:43 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
Looking good Gina!
Here is my first new Bromeliad addition for 2020. This unknown was the oddball amongst the Guzmania's at my local ACE. My first thought was a Neoregelia, but I am leaning towards Nidularium at this time.

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Jan 7, 2020 6:48 AM CST
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 38 years
Aroids Region: Florida Tropicals
I separated a pup off of STALKER and its doing well in my terrarium
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Jan 7, 2020 3:48 PM CST
Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
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Look what followed me home today, label only said Neoregelia. It is a large plant, about 20" across and I am thinking 'Magali' or 'Treasure Royale' - or maybe neither. Shrug!
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Jan 7, 2020 5:04 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
ardesia said:Look what followed me home today, label only said Neoregelia. It is a large plant, about 20" across and I am thinking 'Magali' or 'Treasure Royale' - or maybe neither. Shrug!
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Looks like 'Magali' IMO. 'Treasure Royal' has light speckling on the leaves.
'Magali' is the top red Bromeliad in my eyes.
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Jan 7, 2020 5:31 PM 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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Thanks Scott, I really like this one and I never buy the larger plants, I usually prefer the minis, but I could not resist.
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Jan 8, 2020 2:02 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
ardesia said:Thanks Scott, I really like this one and I never buy the larger plants, I usually prefer the minis, but I could not resist.


Alice, You definitely stepped up from the minis. My 'Magali' has 3.5" wide leaves with a total plant spread of 27". The very glossy leaves make it a little difficult to photograph as they easily reflects light in the shade.

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Jan 8, 2020 2:20 PM CST
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 38 years
Aroids Region: Florida Tropicals
Anybody recognize me? I have been hanging around the greenhouse for years, and this year I decided after several years of being stingy to bloom. My owner is a bad owner and lost my tag and can't remember my name.

I am smooth and spineless, and I am an oddball species she remembers that much. This photo of my bloom spike is out of focus but you can get the idea, she will take another when I actually bloom. My spike is VERY LONG. I am green except for striations at the bases of my leaves. I pup easily. There are some others of my kind hanging around here somewhere






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Jan 8, 2020 5:15 PM CST
Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
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Annnn-tic-aaa-pation. That is a cool brom Gina, it will be interesting to see the bloom.

27" Scott? Wow, that is an awesome amount of color. I'm up to it, Hilarious!
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