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Mar 3, 2021 9:35 AM CST
Name: Sherri
Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b)
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Time for a March bromeliad thread, we came from here.... The thread "February 2021" in Bromeliads forum

Bunches of bromeliads crammed into my tiny garden.
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Mar 3, 2021 10:25 AM CST
Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
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Looking good! Thanks for starting the new thread.
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Mar 5, 2021 7:16 AM CST
Name: Sherri
Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b)
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Weather has been so nice, the colors of the bromeliads with the warm days and cool nights is making for a beautiful display in the garden.

Billbergia 'Strawberry'
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Neoregelia Donger (pink) and N. Popoki (yellow/green)
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Aechmea 'JC superstar'
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Billbergia 'Simpatico'
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Mar 6, 2021 4:58 PM CST
Name: Scott
Tampa FL (Westchase)
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Region: Florida Dog Lover Cactus and Succulents Bromeliad Aroids Tropicals
Noticed today that my Aechmea caudata 'Patches' is going to flower soon. Hurray!
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Mar 7, 2021 6:45 AM CST
Name: Sherri
Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b)
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Nice looking Aechmea Scott, thanks for the nut too. Thumbs up
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Mar 7, 2021 10:36 AM CST
Name: TK
Ontario, Canada (Zone 6b)
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Beautiful Bromeliads!

I always get kinda jealous browsing these threads and seeing the beautiful plants posted. I hope I can have a nice bromeliad garden one day. My climate just doesn't work for them...

That, and it's near impossible to find different bromeliad species in my area. It's always the same two kinds. Nothing fancy. I do have a few. But bromeliads can get kind of awkward to house indoors given their width. Hilarious!
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Mar 7, 2021 12:07 PM CST
Name: Sherri
Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b)
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Macrocentra said:Beautiful Bromeliads!

I always get kinda jealous browsing these threads and seeing the beautiful plants posted. I hope I can have a nice bromeliad garden one day. My climate just doesn't work for them...

That, and it's near impossible to find different bromeliad species in my area. It's always the same two kinds. Nothing fancy. I do have a few. But bromeliads can get kind of awkward to house indoors given their width. Hilarious!


Yeah but you can grow tulips, I love tulips.
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Mar 7, 2021 12:16 PM CST
Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
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...and peonies and lilacs, etc...... Sighing!
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Mar 7, 2021 1:23 PM CST
Name: Scott
Tampa FL (Westchase)
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Region: Florida Dog Lover Cactus and Succulents Bromeliad Aroids Tropicals
Macrocentra said:Beautiful Bromeliads!

I always get kinda jealous browsing these threads and seeing the beautiful plants posted. I hope I can have a nice bromeliad garden one day. My climate just doesn't work for them...

That, and it's near impossible to find different bromeliad species in my area. It's always the same two kinds. Nothing fancy. I do have a few. But bromeliads can get kind of awkward to house indoors given their width. Hilarious!


There are many small growing types of Bromeliads, that would easily sit on a windowsill.
Here is Neoregelia 'White Hot Embers' for example that is growing in a 4" orchid basket.

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Do you have a favorite color or type of Bromeliad?
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Mar 9, 2021 7:44 AM CST
Name: Sherri
Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b)
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@Macrocentra Scot's right, there are smaller bromeliads that with good light and some humidity you can grow them inside, I'm sure you can even use grow lights to obtain the nice coloring. Are you able to order bromeliads through the mail there in Canada? The Skotak's mini bromeliads don't produce offsets as fast as some mini's do, they'd be more manageable indoors. I have many of these small Skotak's and they can take some pretty cold temperatures, even into the 30's.
This one is also in a 4 inch orchid basket, I've had it for well over two years, nice small size.
Skotak C, Beach E
NEOREGELIA 'Aventura'

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Mar 9, 2021 5:23 PM CST
Name: TK
Ontario, Canada (Zone 6b)
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I'd have to look around some more. I don't often see a variety of species for sale anywhere though. A have a few bigger ones indoors. They just take up a lot of room. Hilarious!

No specifics in terms of favorites. Though I always like nice stripes and spots on them. Smiling
That Neo is quite pretty though!
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Mar 14, 2021 5:04 PM CST
Name: Scott
Tampa FL (Westchase)
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Region: Florida Dog Lover Cactus and Succulents Bromeliad Aroids Tropicals
Macrocentra said:I'd have to look around some more. I don't often see a variety of species for sale anywhere though. A have a few bigger ones indoors. They just take up a lot of room. Hilarious!

No specifics in terms of favorites. Though I always like nice stripes and spots on them. Smiling
That Neo is quite pretty though!

Are Billbergias seen in your area?
Many interesting Billbergia hybrids that do not have a upright growth habit without a large leafspread.

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Mar 14, 2021 8:07 PM CST
Name: Scott
Tampa FL (Westchase)
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Region: Florida Dog Lover Cactus and Succulents Bromeliad Aroids Tropicals
Here is a interesting Neoregelia that I am keeping a close eye on as it grows but looks nothing like what I was expecting.

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Mar 15, 2021 6:30 AM CST
Name: Sherri
Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b)
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ScotTi said:Here is a interesting Neoregelia that I am keeping a close eye on as it grows but looks nothing like what I was expecting.

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Mar 15, 2021 6:32 AM CST
Name: Sherri
Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b)
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Bunches of bromeliads
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Mar 15, 2021 6:19 PM CST
Name: Karen
New Mexico (Zone 8a)
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Beautiful, Sherri! I have a lot of broms, but they are sitting in the greenhouse waiting for summer. I wish they could be planted outdoors.
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Mar 15, 2021 10:25 PM CST
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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I have a lot of broms, too. I just need to collect them all up and make them into a proper display so I can see what they're doing.

Today I was out watering randomly with the hose. This nice Aechmea fasciata has been living on a stump for at least 3 years, and was all full of oak leaves plus had some gnarly looking dead leaves attached. I gave a gentle pull, and the whole thing came away including a large section of the stump (and a large number of ants, I might add . . . ) Two adult plants that I think have both bloomed, and there are at least 3 nice looking pups. Now to figure out where to place it and how, so it will grow into a luxurious display clump.


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Mar 16, 2021 6:04 AM CST
Name: Sherri
Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b)
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Nice healthy looking Aechmea there Elaine. They do well with filtered sun, those ants do like bromeliads.

I have been cleaning out leaves, first the blower and then the hose to get them really clean, those fussy oak flowers are still falling and making such a mess.
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Mar 16, 2021 5:37 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
Sherri, I purchased 2 early last summer as Neoregelia 'Groves Puppy Love' as small pups.
Both have the same coloration at this time. It may be one of the Neoregelias that will color better in warmer temperatures.
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Mar 17, 2021 8:51 AM CST
Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
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Poor old mother Magali, she just hangs in there producing more pups. There are four young ones coming along this time. It is hard not to compost one when they look this bad but have patience.
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Neo 'Plever' has colored up nicely and I like the look in spite of the bird poop. (I need to groom more before I take pictures.)
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