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#29933 July 12th, 2005 at 10:47 AM
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hi... i am new to gardening and plants. i just received a plant as a gift and i don't know what it is or how to take care of it.
it's a potted plant with long green leaves with a tall red thingy (possibly a bloom). the red thingy is kinda spiky.
i have been known to kill plants where people think it's more humane to give my cut flowers as they are already dead frown
i would really like to give this plant the proper love and care it needs so if you can help me with identifying this plant i would be most appreciative!

#29934 July 12th, 2005 at 10:56 AM
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it's commonly found at corner bodegas in new york city next to the peace lilies... i don't have a picture yet but hopefully soon if one is needed.

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#29936 July 12th, 2005 at 01:39 PM
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A photo would be helpful to correctly identify your plant.

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potted plant with long green leaves with a tall red thingy (possibly a bloom). the red thingy is kinda spiky
Could it be a Bromeliad?

Bromeliad Society International (Check out the photos in Genera Gallery link in the left frame)

#29937 July 12th, 2005 at 05:52 PM
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I vote with cricket but I don't have a clue. I'm a new gardener and had a black thumb until the members got a hold of me. My plants are all doing much better. I'm strarting my own inside jungle and loving it.

#29938 July 12th, 2005 at 10:21 PM
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could be a rubber tree too smile

~Phoebe

#29939 July 13th, 2005 at 07:00 AM
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Sounds like a bromeliad. Maybe 'Queens tears'.

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My guess is Guzmania. I see them frequently in NYC bodegas.

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What's a bodega? Duh

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A bodega is a small corner grocery store found in Spanish neighborhoods. They also sell flowers, cigarettes, lottery tickets, and just about anything else you could need 24 hours per day.

#29943 July 20th, 2005 at 08:17 AM
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i think it's a guzmania... it's doing well and still alive. here's a picture just in case
[img] file://localhost/Users/clarkie14/Desktop/IMG_1067.jpg [/img]

#29944 July 20th, 2005 at 08:24 AM
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eh... picture didn't work but it's definitely a guzmania... thanks all for your help.

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Clarkie,

You may have read otherwise, but it is best not to put water in the Guzmania cup. You should water the soil thoroughly whenever the top half-inch feels dry to the touch. Do not repot it. Provide lots of bright indirect light with a couple of hours of direct sun; a north or east windowsill is best. It is pest resistant and rarely needs fertilizer.


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