Bromeliads

Bromeliads are members of a plant family called Bromeliaceae. The family contains over 3000 described species in approximately 56 genera plus thousands of hybrids. The most well known bromeliad is the pineapple. Plants are widely represented in their natural climates across the Americas. They can be found at altitudes from sea level to 4200 meters, from rainforests to deserts. Approximately half the species are epiphytes, some are lithophytes, and some are terrestrial. Accordingly, these plants can be found in the Andean highlands, from northern Chile to Colombia, in the Sechura Desert of coastal Peru, in the cloud forests of Central and South America, in southern United States from southern Virginia to Florida to Texas, and in far southern Arizona.

In general, they are easy to grow, require little care and reward the grower with brilliant  blooms and spectacular ornamental foliage. They come in a wide range of sizes from tiny miniatures to giants. They can be grown indoors in cooler climates and can also be used outdoors where temperatures stay above freezing. 

Bromeliads have enjoyed a worldwide surge of popularity during the last 3 decades. For some, the thrill of acquiring new plants for their collection has never been as huge and exciting as it is today, not to mention social media is exploding with bromeliad fans. With such diverse variety, the subject of Bromeliads is extensive and the fun part is you never stop learning. Bromeliads... the most interesting plants in the world!

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    Neoregelia Punctatissima 'Rubra' is a miniature species with a tight ampoule shape and flaring leaves of deep coppery to reddish purple with dark banding. Stoloniferous, it forms nice clusters and works well in a hanging basket or terrarium.

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    Neoregelia ampullacea 'San Diego WBC 94' is an ampullacea-type with the classic ampoule shape and flaring leaves. Light green with red speckles above and reddish banding below. Stoloniferous, it forms attractive clusters. Great for a hanging pot or basket and nice for use in terrariums especially for those that like to add a touch of yellow.

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    A very popular Grace Goode miniature from Australia. A compact attractive plant with dark red bands and markings on light green leaves, which get more red if grown in bright light. Just the perfect showy plant for any terrarium.

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    Neoregelia 'Royal Burgundy x Fireball' is a cute and showy small grower to about 8 inches with fairly wide glossy burgundy red leaves, spotted with green. It has short stolons and forms nice clusters suitable for a hanging pot or basket. The plant only looks compact when grown "hard", meaning brightest light and no fertilizer. A hit with vivariums!

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    Neoregelia 'Ritzy Red' (punctatissima x Fireball). A cute, stoloniferous miniature with an open shape and stiff, glossy leaves. A bronzy color with broken red banding and a red flush during bloom make a nice show. Great for terrariums or hanging pots.

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    Neoregelia 'Pauciflora' is a parent of many lovely hybrids. This stoloniferous miniature is probably the best plant for a hanging basket. Small upright green vases are spotted in purple and banded with silver. The neat thing about pauciflora is that the mother plants persist for many generations allowing an impressive colony of plants, making this stoloniferous miniature well suited for hanging baskets.

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    Neoregelia 'Mo Peppa Please' is a great min bromeliad maturing at 6 inches tall or less. Grows in a compact stiff-leaved rosette of green leaves that are highly speckled with brown color. Some have success growing this this one in almost full sun, which gives it a toasty dark red tint. Neoregelia 'Mo Peppa Please' is not a species found in nature but a cross between two plants ('Angel Face' X ampullacea 'Midget') by Jim Irvin. Just like epiphytes in nature, neo 'Mo Peppa Please' is a good mounting plant, anchoring itself to trees. A cute easy to grow miniature suitable for basket culture or poison dart frog vivarium. Neoregelia 'Mo peppa Please' is favored by terrarium enthusiasts for it's water-holding characteristics which makes it perfect for dart frogs to lay eggs on and deposit tadpoles in.

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    Neoregelia 'Mini Skirt'. A colorful miniature bromeliad from Hawaii's Grace Goode with a rosette up to 5 inches wide. The leaves are lime green with deep red mottling on both sides, more vivid on the outer base. Leaf tips are rounded and get a pinkish red coloration in bright light conditions. Neo Mini Skirt holds a decent amount of water which makes is a good plant for a poison dart frog tank.

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    Neoregelia 'Joao Marcio' is a very handsome looking plant with bold burgundy bands on kiwi green leaves. The leaf colors intensify in strong light, achieving more yellow and bolder, darker brown bands which are almost solid at the base of the plant. Neo Juao Marcio is a terrarium favorite known for the unique shape and color as well as water-holding leaves which are important for poison dart frog tanks. Neoregelia Juao Marcio looks best when grown in bright light with some partial shade throughout the day and can be acclimated to grow in full sun. Growing this plant in full sun will make the leaves turn a vivid yellow color which is quite normal. Try growing this miniature bromeliad in a hanging pot and you will have a nice basket of multiples in a few seasons.

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    Neoregelia 'Inca x Fireball' is one colorful and wide leaved miniature. Leaves are red with many yellow spots or splattering coming together to form a masterpiece. A cute little gem great for terrarium use or hanging basket.

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    Neoregelia 'Halloween' is a mall grower, up to 10 inches wide with strappy elongated leaves. Mild speckling of yellow is noticeable on the reddish leaves. A hybrid by Margaret Paterson with unknown parentage.

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    Neoregelia 'Grace's Avalanche' is a cute little miniature by Grace Goode. The base is compact with flaring light green leaves with lots of tiny dark red speckles. The leaves turn yellowish in bright light. A good water-holding plant to raise poison dart froglets in a vivarium.

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    Neoregelia 'Fireball' (green form) was discovered In 1992, found in Espirito Santo, Brazil. It has the same size and shape as the popular species "Fireball" with green leaves and slight purple coloration on the base of the leaves. Still rare in cultivation, a choice plant for collectors.

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    Neoregelia 'Fireball x Ampullacea' is a cute mini growing to about 4 inches wide, with an open rosette shape. As the plant matures, the green leaves become coppery red and suffused with red speckles. The center flushes red during bloom. Makes a nice clustering hanging pot as well as useful in a terrarium.

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    Neoregelia 'El Gato' is a Skotak clone of (Alley Cat x pauciflora). The ‘Alley Cat’ parent (by Grace Goode) has N. punctatissima in it, which shows strong influence in this grex. This clone is more upright, to about 7 inches with a flaring, vase shape and long stolons. The foliage is apple green with reddish banding, stronger on the undersides of the leaves but still prominent on the upper sides. A good terrarium plant that is also useful as a clumping specimen in a decorative container or hanging pot or basket.

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