Bromeliads for Miami landscaping
Why use bromeliads for Miami landscaping?
Nothing says tropical for Miami landscaping than bromeliads and we love to incorporate them into our landscape into the Florida yard design here at Miami Ag. They give the yard a tropical jungle feel transporting you to the lush rainforests of Central America.
Bromeliads are quite unique and an excellent plant for South Florida. With over three thousand species in about 56 genera there are numerous looks and colors to choose from when designing your garden. Mostly native to the tropics of the Western Hemisphere they have a long and extensive history.
Another common bromeliad you see often down here in South Florida is Spanish Moss. Usually you will see it hanging in oak trees as it is an epiphyte. They absorb water and nutrients from the atmosphere as from decay in it’s center.
Most bromeliads are epiphytes, although some do grow in soil. The ones that grow on the forest floor get their nutrients through their roots and from the center of the plant which catches water and decomposing material.
Only one bromeliad is currently grown for food. One of our favorites, the pineapple. Quite easy to grow here in Florida it was at one point grown here as a crop. Delray Beach was known for it’s pineapple farms not too long ago. To propagate the pineapple one can simply cut off the top and plant in soil. Within one to two years it will then bear fruit with very little care required. That goes to show just how hardy they truly are.
Bromeliads are relatively easy to grow with little care. As long as they have the right conditions to grow they can be planted in landscapes, under larger trees and palms, and used in containers. Some love full sun, some need part shade and others can adapt to different light conditions. Some varieties can even be used in low level lighting indoors. Usually A good rule of thumb is the bromeliads that have thorns or saw blades on the leaves can tolerate full sun and the bromeliads without thorns or with smaller thorns usually need to be in part shade as understory plants. Use these varieties under palm trees to achieve that much sought after tropical look. Bromeliads thrive in tropical and subtropical conditions where they receive the warmth and rainfall they need as well as the humidity South Florida is well known for. Take advantage of this and incorporate them into your Miami landscaping.