These are pups that came up this past spring/summer. The 2 mother plants are gone, but "stumps" remain. I did not move the plants - this is where they came up.
Are they too crowded? You can see, I do have room to separate them.
This is a view from the top. There are 4 plants on the outside of this cluster and 1 squeezed in the middle.
I have no ID what the name of the plant is, but they are common in SW Florida. Do they prefer to have a little more room to spread?
Thanks in advance!
I wouldn't. Looks really pretty.
Looks like Red Tip bromeliads. I like the look of the cluster but I usually separate them when the cluster gets too tight. The pups will produce new pups of their own in a year or so.
Thank you both for your input. I like the look right now, but admit I was looking ahead at more crowding with pups in the future. I can deal with that when the time comes.
The plants I see in big box stores are in pots and seem to be wider than these. A friend gave me the first 2 plants, so I wasn't sure if these were too close together.
I have found that the black snakes like to lay around these plants. We surprise each other often. And I have found some big snails in them. I swear they look like escargot! The shells are about the size of a 50 cent piece. Maybe that's what the snakes are after - dinner!
Our bromeliads create their own little eco-system. I find frogs, lizards and other beautiful creatures in and around mine.
My friend had them around a pine tree like a big circle. She never separated them. I call them Lipstick plants.
It's a matter of personal taste; some growers prefer single plants while others prefer the clumping effect.... the choice is yours.
All the best, Nev.
Thanks for all the feedback! I've decided to leave them alone. They are doing well as is and I can spread them out after the next blooming and pupping if decide that is what I'd like.