Some of My Bromeliad Collection
My oak tree is where the action's at! My bromeliads here get ample shade in the mid day and some morning and evening light. I'm apparently OCD, so I've organized them by genus! For example, I have my vrieseas together, with my similar looking (out of bloom anyways) nidularium rutilans nearby. The Aechmea distichantha hybrids are together, as are the aechmea gamosepalas. Weird, right?
I'm a little peeved at the gamosepalas today, since every single one of the low growing kind had vase rot. Its happened before with them, and luckily they put out a new set of pups from the stolons and hopefully they'll do the same this time!
Here's a closer shot! To the left is an aechmea distichantha, and below that is a variegated brom that I'm told has distichantha in it and is very hardy... that's what the person from the bromeliad society said anyways, though there was no label. We'll see! (I also have an aechmea "burgundy", which isn't pictured.) Above that is a smattering of gamosepalas, including the variegated "lucky strike".
But wait, there's more! To the far left I have an NO ID vriesea from a bromeliad society sale, to the right of that is another NO ID that I actually got from a home depot. I love the ripply variegation, and despite its exotic appeal, it did okay this winter with a little protection. I thought it was a vriesea fosteriana, but it has to be something else since it doesn't like the sun one bit!
Above the unidentified vrieseas is the vriecantarea "inferno" that had the amazing huge inflorescence last winter, though its died back after producing seven pups. Two of them have been left attached, two of them I've rooted in containers, and the other three were separated today! I'm letting the divisions callus over before potting them up individually.
Up top is another aechmea distichantha, below that and to the right is an aechmea cylindrata pup, and below that is the nidularium rutilans. Not pictured is a larger aechmea cylindrata, billbergia pyramidalis, and a climbing neoregelia pauciflora that is growing up the trunk.
What pink fingernails you have! The neoregelia spectabilis (also known as painted fingernail plant) are pretty tough in the cold 9a winters. They got damaged leaves, but bounced right back!
There are actually a ton of bromeliads in this picture, but they're obscured by other plants! I should have planned this post when i took pictures, huh? The big one next to the elephant ears is neoregelia cruenta, though it was labeled as "sunshine". I think its just cruenta, and that's okay as long as I keep it in that well protected spot in winter! By the way, the elephant ears were rescued from the backyard that, while usually so swampy, is now bone dry. There's no drainage in the pot, making it a great place to grow the colocasias!
I carved this little niche out of the deciduous gingers, so you can get a better look at my bromeliads growing on the tree fern stump. The bromeliad crowning the tree fern stump is Vriesea phillipo coburgii, with a pup coming out from the side. Neoregelias are planted at the base of the stump and the bottlebrush, and between them is a polypodium aureum 'blue crisp' that's already starting to climb.
Can you believe that this is just a sampling of the bromeliads in my garden?
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