Giant bromeliads capture attention

GEORGE GARDNER
Last updated 05:00 22/01/2014
Bromeliad
FLOWER TOWER: Lance Wilson’s queen bromeliad has flowered after a long wait.

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A flowering queen bromeliad is a rare sight and any gardener would love to see one, Onetangi resident Lance Wilson says.

Lance loves his garden and planted this specimen four or five years ago. It is now a towering three metres tall.

"It's the first time it has flowered and has been like this for two months. I've never seen it flower before so I'm not sure what the end result will be but I'm looking forward to it.

"It does have pups and I believe the main part dies once it's flowered."

Bromeliads are native to tropical South America. There are more than 3000 varieties.

Each year, organisers of the Jassy Dean Trust plant sale at Rangihoua Estate raffle a giant bromeliad during the trust's spring Garden Safari.

The 2013 winner of the raffle was won by Sue Jones who put the potted giant outside her Essence Health and Beauty premises above the pharmacy in Oneroa for everyone to enjoy.

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