A large growing beauty by Stephen Hoppin can grow to a 24 inch rosette. The color is black to dark chocolate brown, glossy with wavy, silvery cross bands. Some silver shading in the leaves. Leaf tips turn downward. 'Ebony Beauty' x (x Roseus)
Neoregelia 'Wine and Gold'
A cultivar of (chlorosticta x ‘Sunrise’) by Shane Zaghini. A smallish plant to about ten inches across in an upright, vase shaped rosette. The inch and a half wide leaves are dark purple marbled with bright green. A nice Aussie hybrid.
Tropiflora Bromeliad Mix
This is a commercial mix that we at Tropiflora have custom made 50 yards at a time. We use this formula because #1 it works for us and #2 it is economical.
Anyone can mix their own potting media and we encourage you to do so in order to best suit your needs. However, if you wish to use our proven mix, we are more than happy to oblige!
Here is the formulation:
- 30% Canadian Peat
- 30% Green Bark
- 30% Hardwood Chips
- 10% Perlite (though this can vary with availability of materials).
It also includes 3 pounds of minor elements per yard and has a pH level of 6.0 to 6.5. This mix allows good air access to the root zone, good moisture retention without getting soggy, long pot life, and good substance for holding plants upright.
Note: A one quarter cubic foot bag of soil should fill about half a dozen 6 inch Azalea Pots.
Vriesea gigantea v. seideliana aka 'Nova'
A spectacular Brazilian bromeliad which reaches impressive sizes, suitable for landscaping and interiorscape use. A wide leaved, funnel-form rosette to well over 30 inches with bluish-green leaves, reticulated and striated with light green. As the plant matures, the striations become almost white. A slow grower that makes a great terrarium plant when young.
A Neo. ‘Fireball‘ x carolinae ‘Dwarf’ hybrid, at about 10 inches is larger than the original ‘Fireball’, and flushes a nice red in strong light. Good in terrariums and its stoloniferous habit makes this a particularly good subject for hanging basket culture. Popular with landscapers.
x Pitcohnia 'False Teeth'
A cultivar of (Deuterocohnia longipetala ‘Silver’ x Pitcairnia burle-marxii) by Ray Lemieux. Narrow, spiny with soft, rubbery spines, deeply channeled, discolor leaves that are green on top and deep purple below. It has a tall scape with peach colored flowers. As far as we know this is the first of this nothogerera to be produced. The name comes from the fact that the spines are soft despite their appearance. Cultivate as a terrestrial bromeliad, bright shade, even moisture.
A hybrid by Lisa Vinzant. We notice that this plant is not currently registered, and that there is another plant by the same name by the late Jim Elmore. This plant is a nice small grower, basically an improved Fireball of which this is almost certainly a hybrid of. A nicer plant than Fireball, with a more leafy rosette and better shape and with a dark candy apple red coloration. Same stoloniferous habit as Fireball. A very nice plant and good terrarium subject.
Cryptanthus 'Red Eye Gravy'
A cultivar of ‘Sunburst’ x (‘Red Cabbage’ x ‘Pele’) by Carole Richtmyer. A medium grower with broad leaves in a symmetrical star shape. The color is mottled green with red highlights, especially up the center of the leaves, becoming overall reddish-pink with stronger light. At the maturity, the plant attains a diameter between 8 and 12 inches.