I know that winter isn't technically over yet, but here in Florida during a La Nina winter, I'm 99.99 percent sure that at least I won't be dealing with any hard freezes. Besides, most of my bromeliads are pretty tough in the face of cold weather and have even endured last year's even colder winter.
I finally got out in the garden today, and am now covered in rashes and scratches from handling some of the spikier bromeliads. Worth it! This is just a small part of my collection, but you can take my word for it... they're fine. Earlier in the year I gathered up most of my bromeliads and grouped them all in a bed against the house for easy covering, but it would appear that many of them needed no protection whatsoever!
I left a few brommies outside: some of my aechmea gamosepala hybrids, aechmea distichantha, all of my bilbergias, and my 'red planet' dyckia. None were damaged, some are putting out pups, and my distichanthas are about to bloom!
I've honestly lost way more plants to vase rot than I have to freezes. Oh, and here's a neat little sidenote: I left some rooted rhipsalis cuttings outside... and they're doing great. I'm definitely planting some in the ground this year. Have any of you made any surprising discoveries in the realm of cold hardiness this winter?