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Bodacious Bromeliads

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Itty Bitty Pineapple

The Conservatory of Flowers has an awesome collection of bromeliads in all shapes and sizes. We checked out Chomp 2 a couple weeks ago. This pineapple is just too darn cute. Bromeliads are native to South America. They have many unique adaptations to survive tough environments.

Bowl of bros

All bromeliads have teeny weeny scales called trichomes and grow in a rosette formation.

 

Tillandsia funckiana

These funky Tillandsia funckianas develop bright red flowers. We have a little guy in our window. He gets dunked in water about once a week or so. Sometimes we just do a mist.

Tree o' bros

You gotta love epiphytes. These guys have wire like roots to secure them to the branches, but don’t suck the life out of the tree (they’re not parasites). That Funkiana up above is an epiphyte too.

 

Tillandsias

You can see in the center of the pic a long pinkish white flower developing.  Many Tillandsia species can cross breed.  We have a couple we are not certain what they are, but should have a better idea after they flower.

More bros

3 Comments

  1. Lovely! I just can’t get enough of the Bros!

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  3. you have give a fantastic information

    Caring for bromeliads
    Most bromeliads are very hardy plants and usually can survive without much maintenance. They are susceptible to some pests, scale, especially – should never be treated with white oil or other chemicals, but simply cut the plant – but in most cases bromeliads have few predators.
    One of the main problems of the bromeliad plant is its ability to group, decay and die. That spreads by sending her cubs with the mother plant. These can be cut once they have reached a third the size of the original plant and transplanted. If they are eventually going to grow and take over the plant and the mother will die. This is not entirely problematic and not always necessary to remove the puppies, but if you have major problems with bromeliads survive then this may be the cause.
    The bromeliad can often become a home garden snails, and it is rare to find them within the safety of their foliage. This should not be a concern as it will not hurt your bromeliads, but may alarm that this army of the pest is dozing in his garden

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