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Name: Fred Rump
Naples, FL (Zone 10a)
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Fred
Jul 14, 2011 9:56 AM CST
Carol, I have the room and the obsession.
This is Billbergia 'hallelujah' just in bloom

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Name: Fred Rump
Naples, FL (Zone 10a)
enjoying what nature has to offer
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Fred
Jul 14, 2011 1:52 PM CST
coleus and bromeliads together

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Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Jul 14, 2011 2:25 PM CST

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I just spotted something I don't have much of.....shade! Your broms are striking.
Name: Fred Rump
Naples, FL (Zone 10a)
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Fred
Jul 14, 2011 3:56 PM CST
Some of them will grow in full sun but most are at home in the trees where the light comes through in speckles.
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Jul 14, 2011 6:16 PM CST

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Yes, I have a large oak in the back garden. Last year there was enough shade to keep them happy in pots along a low hanging branch of the oak. Not so this year. It's a combination of less shade, and our extreme temps, I'm afraid.
Name: Jeri Nicholson
City of Central, La.
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jeri11
Jul 15, 2011 7:32 AM CST
Your place is looking nice Fred!!!
"Faith is not about everything turning out OK;
Faith is about being OK no matter how things turn out."
Name: Fred Rump
Naples, FL (Zone 10a)
enjoying what nature has to offer
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Florida Orchids Tropicals Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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Fred
Jul 15, 2011 8:30 AM CST
Hi Jeri, long time no see (or talk)
Fred
Name: Jeri Nicholson
City of Central, La.
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jeri11
Jul 15, 2011 10:42 PM CST
LOL!! I think I have been watering the entire time too!!! The monsoon hit here last week and I don't think it has stopped since. How have you been? Been enjoying your RV? We joined Crusin Cajuns and now we're trying to keep up with the old people. So far the old people are outlasting both Jim & I on the dance floor. As usual, having a ball!!!
"Faith is not about everything turning out OK;
Faith is about being OK no matter how things turn out."
Name: Fred Rump
Naples, FL (Zone 10a)
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Fred
Jul 16, 2011 1:10 PM CST
The coach has been in the garage except for brief local trips. Too happy here in paradise to leave for any other place.
Name: Fred Rump
Naples, FL (Zone 10a)
enjoying what nature has to offer
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Florida Orchids Tropicals Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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Fred
Jul 21, 2011 2:54 PM CST
arrivals today: another Skotak - Ae. 'Pilfered', Canistropis 'Tangerine' (billbergia 'Red Leaf' x azureum) and Alcanterea odorata. Will pot these to get them acclimated for now. If you're not into broms, you wouldn't know.
Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
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ctcarol
Jul 21, 2011 8:43 PM CST
Fred, I'm not INTO these plants, but I was given a Aechmea fasciata about 4 or 5 years ago. When the bloom faded , I stuck the pot out under my lemon tree, and low and behold, I get about 2 blooms every year from it! It's still in it's original pot, and only gets sprinkled when I water the bed. It goes against everything I've read about it. I also bought a mixed Brom pot from Costco, don't even know what they are, and treat it the same way. They seem to be happy... if I had more room, I would be a fan of broms.
Name: Fred Rump
Naples, FL (Zone 10a)
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Fred
Jul 21, 2011 9:33 PM CST
Carol, broms are tough little critters. The ones I had here survived the freezes the last two years without a problem. No cover, nothing. Of course they tell me that some are more tropical then others and to be careful and cover my new ones this winter. I'll prepare some large frost cloth covers and lay it over them in their beds should a freeze be in the news. But in general, I moved over to bromeliads as part of my landscape simply because they seem to be tougher then other tropicals.

I have a bunch of Aechmea fascinata and they are part of the ones I'm talking about above. Blooming is another story though. They seem to want more sun then I give them. But when they bloom, it lasts forever. Don't you get pups and replant them to make new plants?
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Jul 21, 2011 9:48 PM CST

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Carol, I've had the same experience with bromeliads. The less I fuss over them, the healthier they seem to be. Last winter, we had a freeze coming and I ran out of time getting pots into the garage. I pulled the broms out of their pots and just tucked them into a hoop house. I forgot about them, and in the spring when I uncovered them they were fine, except for one.
Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
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ctcarol
Jul 21, 2011 9:50 PM CST
I've been to scared (lazy) to mess with them. I just pull off the old leaves and water. I'm suprised the pot hasn't broken! I have two new buds coming out now.
Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
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ctcarol
Jul 21, 2011 9:52 PM CST
Mine does get a good amount of filtered sun, and the tree prevents frost, though we didn't get any this year.
Name: Fred Rump
Naples, FL (Zone 10a)
enjoying what nature has to offer
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Florida Orchids Tropicals Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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Fred
Jul 23, 2011 9:54 AM CST

Portea 'Jungles' (inflorescense closeup)
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Name: Fred Rump
Naples, FL (Zone 10a)
enjoying what nature has to offer
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Florida Orchids Tropicals Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Ponds Bromeliad Ferns Region: United States of America Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge)
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Fred
Jul 23, 2011 9:58 AM CST

Neoregelia cruenta 'Sun King' (flowers will keep on coming a few at a time)
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These are all over my garden and grow wherever
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Name: Fred Rump
Naples, FL (Zone 10a)
enjoying what nature has to offer
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Florida Orchids Tropicals Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Ponds Bromeliad Ferns Region: United States of America Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge)
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Fred
Jul 23, 2011 10:21 AM CST
This Neo. 'Scarlet Charlotte' was planted as a rootless pup in early June and is already sprouting a new pup from itself. My plants seem to really love the environment I placed them into. They are basically growing in palm leaf mulch. The red keeps getting redder.

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Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Jul 23, 2011 11:28 AM CST

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Our HD had quite a selection a couple of days ago. When I sneaked back yesterday without DH, this was all that was left. They had already been picked over. Maybe next time.
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Name: Nancy or \"Hap\"
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
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Happy_1
Jul 23, 2011 12:15 PM CST
Hi Fred,

Are you trying to kill yourself with all this work? The broms are beautiful. Good to find you again. All is good here.

Lin, I wish your sister called me! I would have dug them up and saved her the work. Oh well.

Take care all,

Nancy
What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail? ~~Dr. Robert Schuller

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