How are your terrestrial bromeliads?

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How are your terrestrial bromeliads?

Post Number:#1  Postby Azuleja » Fri Sep 15, 2017 5:47 pm

Hints of autumn are here, with shortening days and some cool nights. I used tweezers to clean leaves and debris from some of my broms today. The ones that had scale are clear now. The ones that were bareroot are well rooted and ready to grow. How are your broms?
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Re: How are your terrestrial bromeliads?

Post Number:#2  Postby Melt in the Sun » Sat Sep 16, 2017 4:25 pm

Those look great! What's the clumping silver one in the center? Mine are half to 2/3rds dead, as usual...
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Re: How are your terrestrial bromeliads?

Post Number:#3  Postby Azuleja » Sat Sep 16, 2017 4:55 pm

Thanks, MITS! The one in the middle is a cross of Dyckia and Deuterocohnia called Dyckcohnia 'July.' I hope it will form a mound the way Deuterocohnia does.
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Re: How are your terrestrial bromeliads?

Post Number:#4  Postby Spination » Sat Sep 16, 2017 6:19 pm

All nice! :U I think I recognize one of them. ::wink:: I threw all mine outside this spring, to make room for the Aloe explosion (lots of seedlings!), but will somehow recover the space to get them back inside for the winter. :huh: Don't know how, but will have to make it happen one way or the other... I'll try to take a couple of pics of my faves tomorrow.
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Re: How are your terrestrial bromeliads?

Post Number:#5  Postby Azuleja » Sat Sep 16, 2017 8:21 pm

Please do. It's nice to know what I'm working toward. Mine are mostly open pollinated crosses, so I'm toying with testing them outside over winter. Realistically I'll probably overwinter them in my coldest indoor room. The pup you sent is at 8:00. Well rooted and picking up color, ready to grow a lot next year.
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Re: How are your terrestrial bromeliads?

Post Number:#6  Postby Melt in the Sun » Sun Sep 17, 2017 8:03 am

'July' looks great! How many rosettes was it when you started?
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Re: How are your terrestrial bromeliads?

Post Number:#7  Postby Spination » Sun Sep 17, 2017 9:09 am

Snapped a couple of pics before heading out. At least I picked the leaves off of them first. :oops:
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Re: How are your terrestrial bromeliads?

Post Number:#8  Postby Azuleja » Sun Sep 17, 2017 10:42 am

Spiny, those are so cool and you have the nicest colors. The whole palette of Dyckia colors is very soft and inviting yet they're so hard and vicious. I find them very captivating.

Mits, 'July' isn't that different looking than when I got it. I have a smaller clump too. Some of the rosettes are dividing, but not quickly. With two clumps I can test them better as far as cold and heat. On the dyckia side they aren't too cold tolerant, but on the deuterocohnia side a little better.

Eta: I found a couple of dead insects when I was cleaning it. One was an earwig skewered onto the marginals.
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Re: How are your terrestrial bromeliads?

Post Number:#9  Postby Azuleja » Sun Sep 17, 2017 11:08 am

At 7:00 in my overhead group photo is Hechtia texensis from Arid Lands. It's not much to look at now, but hopefully in a couple of years it'll be a standout.

This summer, I got a seed pod from Puya mirabilis at the coast. The foliage makes a really attractive mound as puyas go. But when I finally cracked it open and saw how miniscule the seeds are I said forget it. Hats off to people who grow broms from seed.
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Re: How are your terrestrial bromeliads?

Post Number:#10  Postby Azuleja » Sun Sep 17, 2017 11:50 am

Okay, I looked more closely at 'July' and although it hasn't changed a lot overall, I shouldn't say it isn't dividing quickly. After each rosette flowers it increases itself up to 5x.The arrows in these photos point to where a bloom stalk has been cut at the center of a rosette. You can see the new rosettes forming around it. In the second photo you can see them overtaking the old rosette.

Same plant BTW. Back half got more shade and turned different colors.
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