Saturday, October 09, 2010

Taking on a bromeliad

Today I decided to take on the Aechmea Blanchetiana bromeliad, (not sure if this is the correct name) this bromeliad is in the front of the house, and is overgrown crowding the beautiful crown of thorns.

I was dreading this job. The spikes on this bromeliad are painful and I have the scars to prove it.

I will be dividing all these pops.

Now you can see the crown of thorns.

Would you pay $5 for these bromeliads if you find them in a garage sale?
My wife is planning a garage sale later this month and I am thinking of having a bromeliad sale. Should I ask for more???


Rainforest Gardener said...

I would definitely pay 5 dollars for them, and they are normally pretty pricey. I could always drive down there, snatch them up at that price, make more pups, sell them and pay for the gas after 10 years! If only.
Anyways, I would much rather divide those than my spiky aechmea distichanthas! Those are deadly!

Missy said...

Oh to have such a problem. I don't believe you can ever have too many bromeliads. You will definitely sell them if anyone who comes to your garage sale recognises them.

Ami said...

I think you can charge a little more. Anybody recognize this plant knows this worth much more than $5! I also have this in my garden. Very beautiful! Although I don't want to think about someday I also need to divide them! Painful job indeed!

sanddune said...

You should be able to sell them easy for $5.00. Bromeliads are pretty expensive if you price them in the garden centers.

Meems said...

Hey Rusty,
Funny how Aechmeas down in Miami grow so prolifically. I know what you mean about the edges... owzers...long sleeves for sure.

Garage sales are a little different than any other market.

I'd say $5 is a great price. In garden centers up here they can be pretty pricey.

But again, people at garage sales won't pay high prices. That's the point of going to them.

Anonymous said...

Your yard is BEAUTIFUL! Yes! $5.00 and they will sell (or if you think folks will haggle, then you can always put $7 on them and sell them for $5) !!! Anyway, I love the looks of your fireball, I think I will put some in a strawberry pot tomorrow!

danger garden said...

For what it's worth I agree with Anon, price them at $7 and that way if somebody wants to haggle you'll still get $5. Now if you wanted to drive all the way to Portland, OR to sell them you could easily get $20. Maybe you should harvest a few more to make the trip worth your 'while.

SiestaSister said...

That's the great thing about bromeliads....they multiply!

For $5 or $7...they won't last long at your garage sale.

The Florida Blogger said...

Sounds like a great price to me. The only problem is that you don't have that many of them:)

Susan said...

YES, I'd pay $5 in a heartbeat. I know what you mean about taking broms on...they can be ruthless, and usually they win.

David, Melanie and family said...

Hey Rusty,
I have that same bromeliad and it is very expensive here in Houston. A small pup goes for $15 and your size would go for $25. I have to keep mine in a greenhouse in the winter when I get a frost or freeze. I've never had mine bloom, so it is nice to see what they look like. I have lots of bromeliads that need dividing, but I'm going to wait until Spring.
That's one of my favorite Bromeliads by the way.
David/ Tropical Texana

janjan said...

Definately. I'm a new convert to broms and I find that they are the best sellers at garage sales. I would pay up to 12 dollars australian for a garage sale one if it was what i wanted. Type up a blurb about them with a bit of info to stick in the pot.
I bought a Guzmania penalli (?) this morning for 13 aus$.
I'm up in tropical north queensland in australia and broms seem to be the plant of year, they are everywhere.


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