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Name: Fred Rump
Naples, FL (Zone 10a)
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Fred
Jul 12, 2011 12:45 PM CST
If you are interested in these plants please post here as the site admin would like to see interest before giving these plants their own forum. If there is not enough interest, well ...

I've had some broms in my garden for many years now but never gave them the attention they deserved. They were mainly prickly things that stuck you if not careful. This summer I've taken another look and started collecting these plants to landscape portions of my garden. I used debris from the hole dug to get a pool built as underlayment and then built this up some more with palm leaf mulch I had from the cleaning of 600+ palms on my property. On top of that went pine straw from my pines. The plants seem to love these elevated beds (so far I have 6 of them) and are thriving in the decaying mulch. I planted mainly pups from adult plants as the purchase of adult plants for the large area I was planning would have been prohibitively expensive. Bromeliads cost the same as orchids in adult size. My previous experience with these plants was not too good but I know now that I was drowning them. They need to live in an epiphetic environment where they get a chance to dry out. Only their cups always need water.

So far I've cataloged & photographed 54 different plants but I have many more to go as I planted about 400 bromeliads.

The picture shows a typical bed right after planting about a month ago. The second shot shows why there is an elevation during the tropical summers we have in South Florida

Thumb of 2011-07-12/Fred/ed6fd6 Thumb of 2011-07-12/Fred/8be2c8

I could show lots more photos but lets see if there is any interest at all.
Fred



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