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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Speaking of Bromeliads...

I think I am falling more and more in love with them every day! Do I feel a new obsession coming on??? I think I do! It seems everywhere I turn, I am running into some gorgeous bromeliad, or another! I believe they like a shady area, and I do have a very large Sapodilla tree in the back yard, that they could live under...hmmmmm....my first one will have to have an orange bloom, like the one below at UM. Those were strikingly beautiful. Does anyone else have a bromeliad collection or at least one that can give me any tips??? I think tomorow will be a perfect day for a trip to find one. Can they grow in hanging baskets under a tree???

8 comments:

Trudi said...

July, good selection of succulentsin in your sisters garden. They are such interesting plants. I read about the Surinam cherry. I had a big tree of those in my garden. I had to cut it down because of the fruit fly. When you get a tree with superior fruit and let them ripen to a dark red, they loose their turpentine taste and are quite luscious, sweet sour They are very rich in vitamin C.I mean one can live without them but I thought they are actually not as bad! You will probably say:" Trudi they are all yours! and right you are.

Julie said...

Hi Trudy-
Yes, you are right, I would tell you to help yourself to my cherry bushes!!! I'm glad some people like them, or they would go to complete waste! Do you eat them plain or turn them into something like jelly??? Thanks for your nice comment!

Donna in Louisiana said...

Julie, Broms can be mounted on wood and displayed. I have never seen them in handing baskets, but who's to say. They are such beautiful plants. Bright colors, just like my hibiscus. And yes, I give you premission to prusue a new collection of plants. Look on Stokes Tropical's web site http://stokestropicals.com/Files/Product/Plants_1753/Bromeliads_1779/. One can N E V E R have too many plants, this coming from the lady who has over 50 rose bushes and man I don't even know how many hibs, but I bet its over 20. I have a few broms also, but none blooming right now. Keep us posted on your new obsession, I mean collection. LOL....

Donna in Louisiana said...

Oh, and I forgot, A pineapple is a type of Brom. You can get those for free, well almost, just buy a pineapple, cut off the top like you are going to slice it and plant that top part. It will root and grow. I grew a pineapple a few years back. I have some pics on my Garden Arbor Blog.

My LIttle Family: said...

I feel the same obsession coming on.I have an orchid collection and a succulent collection but only a hand full of bromeliad species. At every plant show around here there are hundred to choose from - so overwhelming. Most are shade AND you can hang them. If you go to my blog for ysterday, the first photo has one hanging. It's in a wooden orchid box, just in front of an orchid just in front of the arbor.
vickie

Julie said...

Thanks for all your comments everyone...will check out your blog phots of Broms, and hey...may even attempt a pineapple, which would be great fun, ending with a new pineapple to show for it.

Teri C said...

I remember having this bromiliad obsessio long ago and then I got over it :) I saw some plantings of huge bromiliads in Hawaii that were 'knock your socks off' gorgeous! Can't wait to see what you find.

Ralph said...

There are all the varieties that don't have roots. You glue them to a branch and mist them ocasionally and of course there is Spanish Moss. There certainly seems to be no reason that you couldn't grow the terrestrial varieties in a hanging basket but the one's that I am familiar with are prettier from above so they would not be so spectacular from below. There should surely be some bromeliad gardens (Or a botanical garden with a bromeliad section) in Florida for you to visit and get some ideas.