Sunday, 20 December 2009

Today’s Flowers #71 – Guzmania

These bromeliads were named in recognition of the 18thcentury Spanish naturalist Anastasio Guzman and grow wild in the tropical and sub-tropical forests of America. Most are found in the highlands of Colombia and Costa Rica and are epiphytic but some of the larger ones have adapted to grow in the soil. Dead leaves, bird and monkey droppings decompose and nourish the plants and the rosettes of leaves collect rain droplets to water them.
It is relatively easy to keep bromeliads as colourful house plants. They require bright light and humidity but not direct sunlight which might scorch the leaves. Water should be poured carefully onto the leaves from where it can filter down to the soil. Too much water causes rot!
Thanks are due to the hardworking members of the TF team who organise and host this 'blooming' meme!
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17 comments:

  1. You must have a green thumb as these blossoms are lovely!

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  2. I never knew that was the scientific name for these until last week. Thanks for the reinforcing lesson. Your flowers are really a lovely red.

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  3. such a beautiful flower...thanks for sharing with us the info about the flower

    mine is up too

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  4. These are quite lovely!
    The red vase is a nice compliment to the bloom.

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  5. Bromeliads are stunning. I have few in my garden and always give beautiful flowers

    My entry

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  6. I just saw lots of them yesterday in a park full of loverly flowers and they were neatly lined up in an alley. I will certainly keep one or two of bromeliads in my garden soon!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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  7. Gorgeous! Really light up my day. Merry Christmas to you and to your family!

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  8. very pretty! i think i could grow that houseplant. :)

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  9. Stunning! Please visit my very first entry in today's flower. Blessed Xmas and Happy New Year to you and to your family!

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  10. Beautiful and long lasting Bromeliads.
    Great pictures of very stunning flowers.
    I wish you a
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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  11. great photos, but i have to admit my favourite is your header!! looks like the plane is going to crash on the moon!!!
    wonderful dogs and cats, too!!!

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  12. Thank you all for your encouraging comments.
    Judy - I can't get into your blog - problems my end, I fear :-(

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  13. I am in awe of these plants and love to visit them at the local botanical gardens.
    And thanks for the nursery rhyme about those dear little robins (ours are much larger)--its always so nice to visit your site.
    Merry Christmas!

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  14. Noni - thank you, so kind. Merry Christmas to you too.

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  15. Lovely! The bromeliad is a wonderful plant and has the most exotic looking blooms. Enjoyed your photos immensely.

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  16. Thank you Denise - much appreciated!

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