Bromeliads for Home and Garden

Bromeliads for Home and Garden

by Jack Kramer


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Bromeliads for Home and Garden by Jack Kramer

There are more than 3,000 recognized species of Bromeliads including pineapple and Spanish moss. The incredible variety and colorful elegance of Bromeliads offer the possibility of year-round brilliance, and many varieties thrive both indoors and out. Further, Bromeliads make handsome companion plants to orchids as the two often grow side by side in the wild.

Bromeliads for Home and Garden provides a comprehensive overview of Bromeliad cultivation. Such important facts as temperature, humidity, potting, watering, fertilizing, pests, and diseases are given coverage. Also included are a list of suppliers, a glossary, and a bibliography.

Brilliantly illustrated with over 100 color photographs, this straightforward, easy-to-use guide focuses on the most popular species of Bromeliads. Author Jack Kramer has personally grown each one of the 200 plants featured in the work, in climates as diverse as those found in Illinois, California, and Florida. He writes with clear, practical information that gardeners of any skill level can use.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813035444
Publisher: University Press of Florida
Publication date: 04/24/2011
Edition description: First
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 644,061
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Jack Kramer is the author of numerous gardening books including 100 Orchids for Florida and Complete Houseplants. He has appeared on national TV and has given lectures across the country on a wide range of horticultural subjects. He lives in Naples, Florida.

Table of Contents

Author's Note xi

Preface: Bromeliads-Colorful Plants xiii

1 Introducing Bromeliads 1

Natural Habitat 3

Anatomy of a Bromeliad 4

Blooming Times 7

For Foliage and for Flowers 8

2 Your First Bromeliads 10

In Garden Room and Atrium 12

How to Make a Bromeliad Tree Garden 13

Miniature Rock Gardens and Terrariums 15

On Patios and Courts 15

3 Bromeiiads in the Landscape 17

Year-Round Care 18

Choosing Containers 19

4 Growing Bromeliads 20

Planting and Potting 21

Climate and Bromeliads 23

Cold Hardiness in Bromeliads 24

Propagation 24

Forcing Flowers 26

Grooming and Trimming 26

5 Pest Problems 27

Common Problems 27

Preventives 28

6 Gallery of Bromeliads 29

Aechmea 29

Ananas 39

Billbergia 42

Bromelia 48

Canistrum (Wittrockia) 50

Cryptanthus 52

Dykia 56

Guzmania 59

Hechtia 66

Hohenbergia 68

Neoregelia 71

Nidularium 84

Orthophytum 87

Pitcairnia 90

Portea 95

Puya 99

Quesnelia 101

Streptocalyx (Aechmea) 104

Tillandsia 107

Vriesea (Alcantarea) 119

Quick Reference Guide 131

Appendix A Note on Bromeliad Societies 139

Appendix B Suppliers 141

Appendix C Classification of Popular and Available Bromeiiads 143

Glossary 145

Acknowledgments 149

Bibliography 151

Index 155

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