Saturday, July 18, 2009

Propagating bromeliads.


My garden task for today was dividing the many bromeliads I have around the garden. One advantages of growing bromeliads is that from one plant many pups will grow.
I had a dilemma, what to do with so many offshoots. Solution, take out the rain lilies bulbs and use that space for as a bromeliad bed.

In the new bed I planted, Aechemea Fasciata, Neoreglia Aztec, Porte Petropolitana (my favorite and the most expensive bromeliad I purchased so far, there is one pop coming up) Vriesea Gigantea, Neoregelia Fireball and the small Short and Sweet. The only reason I know all these names is because the book I got for my birthday “Bromeliads for the contemporary garden” by Andrew Steens, excellent book I recommended.

My new dilemma, what to do with all these rain lilies bulbs? I got to have rain lilies somewhere in the garden but where? (maybe I’ll take some grass out). These lilies are the announcers of the summer rainy season they only bloom for a couple of weeks in June but they are beautiful. I will give some away, and if any of you want some let me know. The others I’ll find a place in the garden, I hate throwing any plant or bulb away.

9 comments:

lotusleaf said...

I liked your bromeliads, and their names.Do you have a tropical climate?

GardenJoy4Me said...

Rusty ... I absolutely LOVE your garden : ) It is so exotic and simply gorgeous .. if I had to switch to a garden like this type .. well, I would want YOURS !
Joy : )

Darla said...

I love your gardens!! I would like to have some rain lilies. rusdar@hotmail.com

vuejardin said...

Don't take the grass out, you can grow rain lilies bulbs along the fence or close to the garden stones along the edge.

Prospero said...

Your bromeliad bed is truly beautiful, Rusty.

Pooka said...

I love your garden! It looks like all the classic miami homes- I actually live pretty near by so if you dont end up using all of those bulbs, I wouldnt mind trying my hand at one or two ;)

have a great day!

Cheryl said...

Bromeliads in your garden, I am so envious....again for me an indoor plant....

Your garden is looking good Rusty, the hard work is paying dividends. Do hope you find someone to give some rain lillies to....

Jake said...

I have only had two Rain Lily blooms, but I already know I love them. What colours are they? I think you should defintely keep some. Bromeliads look difficult to grow, are they. That new area looks good as well.

Jake

Sylvia said...

Have you tried growing bromeliads on trees? I have some growing on oak trees and the look is very tropical. Dont you love how the rain lilies just appear, forgetting that you had them growing there. Lovely blog.
Sylvia