Bromeliads At Live Art Plantscapes, Gardena CA


South Bay Bromeliad Associates' Spring Sale was held at Live Art Plantscapes in Gardena.  Visitors had an opportunity to buy club member plants as well as LAP plants.  

Live Art Plantscapes designs gardens and indoors spaces and sells plants, including succulents, and indoor tropicals and bromeliads.
 A lizard was warming up on a cool but sunny morning
 There is a big greenhouse filled with beautiful bromeliads for sale.
 Prices were reasonable for large, high quality, healthy plants
 Cryptanthus 'Absolute Zero'.  One came home with me. 


 These were beautiful wall displays

 Boxes framed out, with 1 x 4s inset at an angle (aqua arrow).  The plants remain in their 6" pots (pink arrow).  This is a really workable solution for vertical planters. 
 Many gorgeous plants.


 Caution.  Plants for sale!


 I had a look at the succulents as well.  A beautiful Aloidendron ramosissimum, (formerly Aloe ramosissima), there on the right.  Perhaps not for sale. 
Aloe speciosa


Aloe buhrii hybrid, perhaps?  The flowers/plants look a little buhrii, but marginal teeth implies hybrid?? 
It was a lovely visit, on a late winter's morning. 
Besides the Cryptanthus, an Aechmea blanchtiana 'Orangeade' and Aechmea .... (tag missing) came home. 

 Aechmea blanchetiana is described as a very easy bromeliad for outdoor growing in Southern California. 
Here's a home in the neighborhood where A. blanchetiana is the dominant plant, so I'm hoping it is as easy as it appears to be. 

Comments

  1. WOW! I would have been paralyzed by the possibilities. I wonder why more of these beautiful bromeliads aren't finding their way up here, so much of what we see are the standard "mall plants" in bright bloom with boring green leaves. The wire squares on which the plants are placed are interesting too, keeping them upright and off the ground. Thanks for the tour!

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    1. I did want one of everything, but restrained myself (a little).

      Perhaps because they are not cold-hardy they have not made it to the PNW? Interest in Bromeliads is increasing here, along with availability. The real hotbeds of course are San Diego and South Florida

      The greenhouse was so orderly and so pristine, (with every plant likewise) it was a joy to visit.

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  2. I've seen Live Arts plants at the South Bay C&SS show and sale. They've always looked pristine. I didn't think they sold retail so I've never thought to visit their site. How do you think plant quality and price compare to Rainforest?

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    1. Pristine quality, better prices than RF. My huge blanchtiana with 6 pups was $37. LA didn't have a huge number of Tillandsias; it was some houseplants and succulents but mostly non-Tillandsia Bromeliads. I think retail customers have to call and arrange to visit; since a club sale/club visit was being held, a visit was no problem.

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  3. I have never seen so many broms in one place. Wow the selection would be overwhelming. I haven't seen these blooming before either. They are beautiful.

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    1. They are beautiful, and pretty easy to grow given the right conditions. Its fun and educational to try out new types of plants. I'll always love roses, though!

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  4. Wasn't it Kay that mentioned a great bromeliad nursery in Gardena but couldn't remember the name? In any case, thanks for the head's up. I tried finding it once on google without any luck.

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    1. Yes that's the one. I was going to email you and KP about the event but just couldn't get to it.

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  5. Oooh, I see why Absolute Zero came home with you. What a cool idea for vertical/ wall garden method. Thanks for the easy to see pointers and for singling it out to share.

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    1. We likes that vertical planter. We wants one!

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  6. My favorite shot is of the bands of different colors lined down those long tables: pink, pink and green, deep pink, dark purple, pale green... It induces the fever to "Collect 'em all!"

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