Paint pots of color at the Bromeliad show

Friday, April 12, 2013

Neoregelia 'Invincible'.

Rows of perfectly grown bromeliads are displayed in the Garden House as the annual show and sale of the Bromeliad Society of South Florida opens this weekend. Judging was Friday, and I was there just after ribbon judging; major awards were still to be decided. But from the awards of merit on display, from which the major awards are determined, it was not to be an easy task. The correct conformation and color are two criteria that the judges consider. Neoregelia hybrids are exceptionally popular now

An intergeneric hybrid, x Neomea.

because of their wow-power, but you may also be taken by the perfect symmetry of Quesnelia marmorata ‘Tim Plowman’ and the raspberry infusion of color in Billbergia ‘After Glow’ or the glorious orange or red inflorescences of Guzmania hybrids.  If you want to know the secrets to growing some of these beauties, the experts will be on hand, so don’t be afraid to ask.