Landscapes are always popping up amazing color. One filling flower beds and ground cover plantings is a brilliant and possibly the most popular bromeliad in Florida often called Flaming or Summer Torch. Its scientific name is Billbergia pyramidalis and has been said to be one of the easiest to grow bromeliads. The clusters of reddish blooms producing the torch-like inflorescence appear in mid summer and sometimes during spring.
Plantings of this billbergia take to most soil types and grow expanding clusters in shade to filtered sun locations. Flaming or Summer torch bromeliads have some cold tolerance and last winter survived dips into the upper 20's. Rains normally supply adequate moisture but do provide irrigation during the very dry times. Fertilization is usually not necessary but plants make the best growth with light feedings of a slow release product in April and August.
Flaming torch bromeliads can be grown in containers or in ground beds. They are good competitors with overhead trees and large shrubs. If trees are already established, dig a hole as big as the root ball and insert the plant. Container plantings need just a little additional root room to continue growth. These billbergias grow rather rapidly so do plan to divide the collection every few years.
When growing in competition with trees make sure to keep the cups that hold moisture full of water. Also, water the soil during the dry times. Some apply a weak fertilizer solution over the tops of the under tree plantings every few months during warm weather.
If you are looking for starts to grow your landscape of Flaming Torch, check with your neighbors. Often they are very willing to share offshoots. Often independent garden centers offer the plants for sale to grow in containers or add to your landscape.