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Apr 16, 2018 4:35 PM CST
Sarasota fl
Hi I have this plant in my backyard that I can't find any info on. About to weeks ago the middle started turning vibrant red. I think it's beautiful I just want to know how to care for it best. Any info is appreciated.
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Apr 16, 2018 5:11 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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It must be some kind of bromeliad but I couldn't tell you which one.
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Apr 16, 2018 5:12 PM CST
Name: Karen
New Mexico (Zone 8a)
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I can't tell you which bromeliad it is, but that red sign is a sign it's going to bloom for you soon. Keep a lookout down the centers of the vases, and post a pic for us when it blooms. That may be the way someone can ID it. I see a pup there too!
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Apr 16, 2018 5:38 PM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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Yes, pretty Bromeliad but so many of them look alike to me that I have no idea which it might be. My first thought was possibly a variety off Dyckia. A couple of photos from our database for comparison:




But more similar looking ones are:



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Apr 16, 2018 5:40 PM CST
Name: Karen
New Mexico (Zone 8a)
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I don't know about it being a dyckia. I have them, and mine don't blush when they're ready to bloom. The bloom stalks just come up and surprise me.
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Apr 16, 2018 5:53 PM CST
Name: Scott
Tampa FL (Westchase)
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Lin has it right with Bromelia pinquin.
Very easy to grow with out any help from the gardner, but be warned they spread like crazy.
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Apr 17, 2018 5:50 AM CST
Salt Spring Island, BC (Zone 8b)
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Pitcairnia ferruginea?
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Apr 17, 2018 4:53 PM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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As @Islander suggested, for comparison, Puya ferruginea (synonym Pitcairnia ferrugina):

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Apr 17, 2018 5:30 PM CST
Name: Scott
Tampa FL (Westchase)
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I had another thought hit me today that it may be the more common Bromelia balansae.
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Apr 17, 2018 5:59 PM CST
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I guess it depends what the bloom will do on the OP's plant. It might be too early to id it right.
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May 3, 2018 4:31 PM CST
Sarasota fl
Thank You!
ScotTi said:I had another thought hit me today that it may be the more common Bromelia balansae.
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May 3, 2018 6:06 PM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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So pretty! And it looks just like the one Scot suggested, Heart of Flame (Bromelia balansae)
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