What broms do I have here?
The first one I need to identify has a bloom like the plant used by the forum home page. The gorgeous pink spiky thing was short, nesting down in the crown of the plant, and then just grew and grew longer, opened up, showed its purple and red like seeds in a Doctor Zeuss garden plant. Now it is fading. There is a green young pup growing on one side of the plant, much more delicate looking with narrow strappy curved leaves, no gray frosting or stripes at all, totally unlike the mother plant. What is this guy? It is fantastic:
This photo shows the aging bloom. Do I have any seeds here that I should try to save? Can you tell if this plant is male or female, or is sex not an issue to this plant?
And here is another brom I do not know the identity. The part on the left with the red leaved crown was the older portion, and the right crown was much smaller when I got it last fall. Now it is as big as the first one, but without any colored crown. Should I separate the two, who are in the same pot currently. Will separating them allow the new one to turn colors? Also, is the red crown the bloom for this variety? Or do they have a center which grows up and out (like the pineapple does, and like the previous plant I asked to identify), or will the red crown be all this guy does before it dies off?
Any help is appreciated.