Bromeliad action

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  1. Jul 11, 2016 #1

    Rick

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    I have a handful of interesting bromeliads that have been blooming.

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    Tillandsia cyanea with big "blue flowers"

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    Neoregelia smithii with little blue flowers
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    Orthphyton gurkeni (need to check spelling) put up this big spike that makes these green clumps of green bracts that pop out little white flowers.
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    And when it was mostly done with little white flowers produced pups on the ends of the clumps of bracts
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    It has a new big basal growth too, but I don't know how those pups on the spike are supposed to get into soil or otherwise detach from the spike.:confused:
     
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    Interesting plants!
     
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    Very cool especially those tiny blue flowers on the henryi.
     
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    I'll fix the names the Neo is actually smithii ( not henryi, which isn't a real name)
     
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    LOVE the cyanea. I had a bunch of them; but, they died it the freeze. I miss 'em. That one with the "pups" is cool. I really like the look of the pups more than the flowering heads.
     
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    Sparkling colors and true blues. There's nothing to planting
    the pups. Just stick them in a little soil if you see roots
    developing. In my limited experience, they'll grow just
    about anywhere. I have an Haworthia (Pearly Dots) that
    you need to add to your oddities collection.
     
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    That last one certainly shows their relation to pineapples.
     
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    Now all you need is the dart frogs! :)
     
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    Orthophytum I think. I could be wrong too... :)
     
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    I love tillan but I always killed them as a kid. lol
    The second one is very interesting!
    Nature is full of surprises.
     
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    Kind of funny along those lines Happy

    I've never purchased any bromeliads and they've all been gifted to me over the years.

    They used to die after about a year or so when they got the old MSU fert program and they subsequently never took up a lot of space :eek:, but going to low K they grow like crazy!
     
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    Cool plants! Beautiful too!
     
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    I love broms! I know it's common, but it's hard to beat Tillandsia cyanea. The bright pink showy bracts are fantastic enough that the purple, fragrant flowers are just the icing on the cake! I love the wonderful clove fragrance.

    Do you grow the Orthophytum like a succulent? If I recall, UNCC grows these in the succulent houses.

    I like neos, but a lot of them are too big or too stoloniferous to be practical on my light stands.

    Do you also grow any Cryptanthus? I know they don't have the most exciting flowers, but the foliage of some species are as brightly colored as you can get (i.e. Cryptanthus Elaine).
     
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    I'd say I grow the Orthophytum like a Vanda :eek: There's a little bit of moss and gravel in the pot which hangs right next to the GH glass next to my handful of big Vandas and Paraphalaes . Yes these grow like crazy and start looking like chandeliers. I have a Neo paucifolium which is turning into quite the candelabra!

    No Cryptanthus (actually I'll need to look them up to know what they are).
     

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