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Ben1

Hey guys. 
 

I really enjoy this thread and all the pictures you share. 
 

time to contribute something myself.... 

of course not as lush and tropical than your gardens as I can’t plant any tropical/ subtropical outside but I still like little bromeliad corner in our yard where a mounted some of me bromeliads in a half rotted oak stem. 
 

Gonzer, thanks for your tip how to cut back mother Neoregelias that set pups. I’ve just given it a try and can’t wait for the pups growing better then when I’ve fully cut back the mother plant. 

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Gonzer

What I consider the crown jewel of Tillandsias; T. erici. Harder 'n hell to find (luckily I've got 3) and very temperamental it's pups usually flower after right after appearing so you're lucky if you get a keeper offset that hasn't flowered. No scent but the color is sublime.

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Tracy
2 hours ago, Gonzer said:

What I consider the crown jewel of Tillandsias; T. erici. Harder 'n hell to find (luckily I've got 3) and very temperamental it's pups usually flower after right after appearing so you're lucky if you get a keeper offset that hasn't flowered. No scent but the color is sublime

Very nice color!  What is the overall size of the plant? It is hard to tell without something for perspective in the photo.  When you say temperamental, is that in reference to light exposure, water quality/quantity, low temps, high temps or all the above?

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Gonzer
21 hours ago, Tracy said:

Very nice color!  What is the overall size of the plant? It is hard to tell without something for perspective in the photo.  When you say temperamental, is that in reference to light exposure, water quality/quantity, low temps, high temps or all the above?

Tracy, hard to explain about it's temperamentality, it's got what I call the Diva Syndrome; always wants more, more, more. You give IT more and it just pisses her off! Like I say, hard to explain.  Here you can see the old inflorescences on the pups.

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Tampa Scott

Neoregelia 'Burnsie's Spiral' piZap_1596318558208.thumb.jpg.2c1a510406c86ea5be7bd2bc25f49044.jpg

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Gonzer

An unregistered hybrid; Billbergia 'Domingos Martins' x 'Beadleman'. This guy thrives in full coastal sun.The strappy leaves are leftovers from it's days in lower light.

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Gonzer

And one of mine, Bill. 'Psychotic Reaction'; 'Calcite' x 'Bravo'. Extra large inflorescence.

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Tracy

The flowers are slow to develop on the Hechtia glauca.  I'm still waiting for them to open but the inflorescence has pushed out a bit further.  THe pup appears to be malformed after running  into the adjacent rock while being covered by the parent plant.  I was curious if Hechtia are monoecious or dioecious so looked it up.  Apparently they are doecious, so I am curious if I have a male or female plant.  Probably difficult to assess until the flowers actually bloom.

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Gonzer

As yet unregistered but my cross of Billbergia 'Bob' x "Domingos Martin' finally blooming.

 

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Gonzer

A very, very cool cross; 'Domingos Martins' x 'Beadleman'. Don Beadle is/was (RIP) considered the premier hybridzer of Billbergias.

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palmsOrl

I had been wanting to display my Tillandsia and few other smaller bromeliads in my collection on a nice, sinewy piece of wood for a more natural look.  This camphor branch came down in a severe thunderstorm last month so I decided to use it, since it has a nice shape to it and some side branches.

I let it dry out in the car for a month, then sealed all the cut ends with Gorilla glue.  I will be using 2×4s to secure the branch to that wooden base on wheels.  I will also be removing the ties on some of the plants once the glue dries.

I have a few more bromeliads to add, but I think it has turned out pretty well thus far.

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palmsOrl

For all you bromeliad experts out there, I have a question.

I had two large Vriesea gigantea nova that I had grown up from small plants over the past 6 years.  One of these (the larger of the two) I had planted out as part of the landscape at the house.  In late July, it abruptly died of crown rot, less than a week after I had given it a good cleaning up (oh well).  The plant did not produce an inflorescence in its life and did not pup at anytime before or after it died.

I have left the remaining base there in case it would produce a pup to replace the plant, but I have not seen any signs of this occurring.  Is it common for large, tank-forming bromeliads such as the species in question to die without producing at least one pup?  Did this one likely not pup because it abruptly rotted, rather than reaching maximum size and then reaching senescence?  I know that sometimes diseased plants of certain types will put out side growth as a last ditch effort to survive when the main part is dying.

I am kind of worried for the other one and did give it a weak dose of fungicide and have cut back big time on watering (not that it has been required lately).  I guess in the future I will water it less and disinfect the pruning device between cleaning the dead material from the base and cutting any live material.

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Gonzer

Many Vriesea species small/large produce their pups up on the stem rather than near the base. On large species this is especially evident and the main reason why removing offsets is such a pain in the ass. If your plant is totally devoid of greenery I'd say replace it now. And yeah, the big guys can croak suddenly without gifting you any  descendants. When flushing the water from any bromeliad make sure to also hose out between the leaves. All the crap from cup and upper leaves accumulates in the lower regions.

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sandgroper

Mine are not as colourful but they do taste good!

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Silas_Sancona

Dyckia "No ID" after a long HOT Summer where nothing, even stuff in total shade, was spared..  Decided to start pupping, finally.
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Like those long leaves.. Quite brittle though. Have to be mind full whenever i move it to rake out excess duff from the Mesquite from the gravel. Imprints on the back side of the leaves are nice too.
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Tracy
2 hours ago, Silas_Sancona said:

Dyckia "No ID" after a long HOT Summer where nothing, even stuff in total shade, was spared..  Decided to start pupping, finally.
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Like those long leaves.. Quite brittle though. Have to be mind full whenever i move it to rake out excess duff from the Mesquite from the gravel. Imprints on the back side of the leaves are nice too.
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The imprints aree reminiscent of another bromeliad genus, specifically Puya's.  It does add a lot of character!

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Silas_Sancona
7 minutes ago, Tracy said:

The imprints aree reminiscent of another bromeliad genus, specifically Puya's.  It does add a lot of character!

Have thought the same thing but Puya are next to impossible to grow here.

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palmsOrl

Well, my bromeliad tree was looking amazing but it kind of fell apart the other night when I put it out in the rain.  I guess wood glue is not reliably water proof.

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I may get a rust proof Christmas tree stand for the limb and be a bit more heavy-handed on the Gorilla glue for attaching the plants.

I have a couple ID questions for you Tillandsia experts...

Does this one look like Tillandsia floridana?  It appears too large at the base of the leaves to be Tillandsia bartramii or T. simulata.

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Tillandsia simulata?

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palmsOrl

A nice, beefy Guzmania monostachia.

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palmsOrl

Here is my bromeliad tree as of yesterday.  There is plenty of room to add more plants, but from an aesthetic point of view, I don't want to overcrowd it and I have to take into account the plant's sizes as they grow as well.

As I mentioned above, I am not certain as to the ID of all of the Tillandsias, but I do know they are all Florida native species and varieties.

From bottom to top: Tillandsia fasciculata, Tillandsia utriculata, Guzmania monostachia, Catopsis morreniana, Tillandsia utriculata, Tillandsia setacea, Tillandsia bartramii, Tillandsia balbisiana, Tillandsia simulata, Tillandsia bartramii, Tillandsia flexuosa, Tillandsia usneoides, Tillandsia recurvata, and a Guzmania of unknown species or hybrid at the top.  I also have a Tillandsia I believe to be Tillandsia x floridana and it is possible that one of my plants that looks like a T. utriculata could be Tillandsia variabilis, as the latter species can look very similar to utriculata but does not ultimately get as large.

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palmsOrl

Here is a lovely tricolor pineapple (Ananas bracteatus var. tricolor) that Redant (Doug) generously gave me from his garden by the pool during our July visit.

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I had seen this one at Lukas and was smitten, so I am very excited to now be growing one of these uniquely colored pineapples.

I believe the reddish-pink coloration would manifest more if I grew it in full sun.

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palmsOrl

Vriesea gigantea "Nova".  This one got a preventative dose of fungicide yesterday after I relocated a few cute little tree frogs tucked away in the recesses of the rosette.

 

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palmsOrl

I asked about this one once before with no definitive conclusion reached.  Since it looking healthier and better grown now, maybe one of you experts will recognize it (?).

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greysrigging

Some of my Broms on the wall of the neighbors garden shed.  ( he had to get my and Council approval to build it right on our boundary....I didn't mind as I always had something like this in the back of my mind. ) And a friend gave the timber slab from a felled African Mahogany tree.

 

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palmsOrl

This is a dwarf pineapple (Ananas comosus).  This was generously given to me by Redant (Doug) and, as the name suggests, will produce small pineapples.

The mother plant:

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The baby:

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greysrigging

Picked up a nice red leaved Brom at our local garden group swap meet last weekend.



 

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Tampa Scott

Neoregelia 'Backstabber' piZap_1605908238004.thumb.jpg.0c30e57dee02293cbbeb481da7d97088.jpg

 

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Tampa Scott

Here is a different looking Aechmea Fasciata 'Primera' that my normal looking 'Primera' produced last fall. The red blush looks to be holding and continues on the new growth today. piZap_1613517651790.thumb.jpg.50d0af42fe24078cccb5f12927c0c8f7.jpg

 

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Tracy

I believe I acquired this as Tillandsia tricolor  (Tillandsia melanocrater tricolor?) may years ago.   And yes the clump is hosting another Tillandsia on the lower right portion of the clump but I don't recall the species of that one.  I used to have it hanging down from palms with it on a thin wire, but it got too heavy and broke the wire so I've had it perched on the edge of this potted plumeria for the last couple of years.

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Gonzer
16 hours ago, Tracy said:

I believe I acquired this as Tillandsia tricolor  (Tillandsia melanocrater tricolor?) may years ago.   And yes the clump is hosting another Tillandsia on the lower right portion of the clump but I don't recall the species of that one.  I used to have it hanging down from palms with it on a thin wire, but it got too heavy and broke the wire so I've had it perched on the edge of this potted plumeria for the last couple of years.

 

50 lb. fishing line is the preferred material. It can be tricky to use if you're not used to tying small knots. For clumps like that I thread a piece through the middle using tweezers to hold the leading tip. Once the line is all the way through I tie the lead tip to a 'U'-shaped, bent piece of flexible wire and pull the other end of line back up through the plant. This makes the 'U' wire grab into the clump, usually hidden from view. Tie a loop on the free end and hang. Takes some practice but much more longevity than wire and less obtrusive too.

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PricklyPearSATC

Native and ugly...Not my picture...but you get the idea!  Tillandsia recurvata

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mulungu

Neoregelia concentrica20210527_110327.thumb.jpg.7592abf91ea1aba6ee5387aeaacabfa5.jpg

 

Tillandsia flabellata

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Neoregelia carcharodon 'Rainbow' (bottom center)

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Tampa Scott

My Tillandsia flexuosa has produced a nice flower stalk and should be in flower soon. piZap_1621202779328.thumb.jpg.cef32af3e467a00a0ed5f86c757a7f58.jpg

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Paradise Found

Can you believe this beautiful huge brome is a PUP!!! 30 inches tall, just potted up today. 

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Paradise Found

Neo. pendula growing on lava rock. IMG-0468.thumb.JPG.5a8413c45415c3ec04753b1204d43440.JPG

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Gonzer

One of my unregistered hybrids with great throat color. In honor of the late Irish guitarist Rory Gallagher; Billbergia 'Tattoo'd Lady'.

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mwardlow

Tillandsia, not an addiction, a passion. At least that is what someone told me. 

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Tampa Scott
On 6/5/2021 at 10:31 PM, Tampa Scott said:

My Tillandsia flexuosa has produced a nice flower stalk and should be in flower soon. piZap_1621202779328.thumb.jpg.cef32af3e467a00a0ed5f86c757a7f58.jpg

Has reached flowering now. piZap_1623796748517.thumb.jpg.e429c2d3266e39171eba43dd7915dc37.jpg

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Tampa Scott

Tillandsia Salmon Fire in full color in flowering stage. piZap_1623796886071.thumb.jpg.bd1b3b7020370e4c915fdfee9b3292a1.jpg

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Silas_Sancona
2 hours ago, Tampa Scott said:

Tillandsia Salmon Fire in full color in flowering stage. piZap_1623796886071.thumb.jpg.bd1b3b7020370e4c915fdfee9b3292a1.jpg

:greenthumb::greenthumb:  That is a NICE Tillandsia Scott.

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