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Orchid Cactus: The Rapid Growing Flower Stalks of 'Mini' Billbergia nutans.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 16, 2012
8:01 AM

Post #8969804

These were gifts from DG's gardeners to me in years past. It's possibly back in 2007? Each year, it surprised me with its flowers. However, it just dawned on me. I've missed its development from the inflorescent's budding stage until it's in full blooms. It goes like this. Each winter while everything seem to be hibernating outdoor, indoor there is a quiet glow of a few house plants foliage, all in a sudden I discovered the beautiful, exotic colorful inflos just as they unfurl. As if it's a reminder, "there is beauty in every season".

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 16, 2012
8:14 AM

Post #8969826

This winter while DH was cleaning out our tropical fish aquarium. I took the opportunity to catch some of the nutrient-rich water and water the bromie. A day or two later, I noticed the 1st pink inflorescent poke its nose through the surface. Yet, another day or two, I saw the second inflo.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 17, 2012
5:49 AM

Post #8971018

The multicolor inflorescent is about to unfurl. http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/126929/

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 18, 2012
6:43 AM

Post #8972565

It's about to ... open.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 18, 2012
11:19 AM

Post #8972993

Last pix was taken early this morning.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 18, 2012
11:21 AM

Post #8972995

This afternoon;

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DeeS
Ladoga, IN
(Zone 6a)

January 18, 2012
2:31 PM

Post #8973229

That is one cool plant!! I love plants that are different, and that one definately is!
Dee

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 18, 2012
4:22 PM

Post #8973358

Thanks Dee, it's indeed one cool plant. I'm glad you've enjoyed watching the thread.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 22, 2012
2:07 PM

Post #8977893

Although the stalk (inflorescent) grew quickly. Not until yesterday one of the flowers actually opened;

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DeeS
Ladoga, IN
(Zone 6a)

January 22, 2012
2:47 PM

Post #8977971

Love it! I'm green with envy. I'll be watching for one of these.
Dee

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 22, 2012
3:16 PM

Post #8978012

The plant isn't much to look at, but once it blooms. It's pandora box of a beauty! I was fortunate to have received such "friendship" plant as it was.

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orchidman1
Deep Run, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 22, 2012
8:55 PM

Post #8978407

Look forward to the bloom. I love winter showoffs! April Showers is my snapshot today. It bloomed last season, however. bob

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 23, 2012
6:21 AM

Post #8978663

A.S. is very cheerful looking, orchidman1. What species is she?
orchidman1
Deep Run, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 23, 2012
3:31 PM

Post #8979580

Lily:_Love
Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Epiphyllum (ep-ih-FYE-lum) (Info)
Cultivar: April Shower
She has long and spindly stems and is very easily grown. bob

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 23, 2012
4:18 PM

Post #8979662

Thanks Bob. Is it blooming now out of its usual season as the name of "April Shower" suggested?

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 23, 2012
4:29 PM

Post #8979695

Ok, here comes the species Billbergia nutans. The previous posting (of mine) belongs to a hybrid named "Mini". Unlike that of 'Mini' the species plant is much bigger in statue, and ofcourse the blooms and flower stalk are bigger as well. I discovered the blooms when I went into the basement's makeshift greenhouse to water the plants. Today, the temp. was unusually warm, so I brought it outside for some fresh air. Enjoy.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 23, 2012
4:55 PM

Post #8979743

I zoomed in on the bright flower stalk.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 23, 2012
4:58 PM

Post #8979750

...bit closer;

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ginger749

January 23, 2012
7:30 PM

Post #8979942

Hi Kim,

You know I am just a dumb Artist from down under.
But I always thought your plant was a Bromeliad ???

This is my Brom. from a few years ago.
What do you think ?

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 24, 2012
5:14 AM

Post #8980188

Hi Kell, you're absolutely correct. A brommie as I've stated earlier. In its native habitat have you gave it plenty of sunshine thus color is so bright? I may have post this thread in a wrong forum. If so please advise.
Kim
ginger749

January 24, 2012
4:13 PM

Post #8981004

My bad Kim.

I thought I had read right through your wonderful Thread.
And when I read what Orchidman1 said.
I thought he was describing your Plant Flower.

I think your thread is in the perfect place.
The Orchid Cacti Forum is a tad dead.
So if you don't add something, Admin might close it just like she has done with other slow Forums. :o(
Here is another of my BROMELIAD Flowers.


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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 24, 2012
4:34 PM

Post #8981040

That's very interesting Kell. I hope our forums keep on.
ginger749

January 24, 2012
4:45 PM

Post #8981064

Did you know that an administrator of Daves Garden, closed down the “Outdoor Grilling and Cooking Forum” ???
She claims there was not enough traffic there.
I had a Thread there waiting for a post/reply.

kell.


Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 24, 2012
4:49 PM

Post #8981073

Ummm, so it's like and unresolved issue? I am so sorry that it has taken place. Kell. I wasn't even aware that there was one and was close off.
ginger749

January 24, 2012
4:58 PM

Post #8981083

I finished up putting it on the Equine Forum.

They get a bit more traffic than here.
Did you read my story about my 'Turducken' ?
It is on the Equine Forum.


Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 25, 2012
4:59 AM

Post #8981484

No I didn't. Never have visited there the Equine Forum.
ibartoo
Pawleys Island, SC

January 25, 2012
3:49 PM

Post #8982216

Has anyone ever grown these from seed? I had some put up seed pods this year and I haven't ever seen seeds on them before.
DeeS
Ladoga, IN
(Zone 6a)

January 26, 2012
9:23 AM

Post #8982928

When the blooms open on the species, are they the same color as the mini? I must admit that I am a fan of big plants, but I absolutely love the colors of the blooms on the mini. They are "wild thangs"..lol
Dee

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

January 26, 2012
10:13 AM

Post #8982964

ibartoo, I have no earthly idea how those seeds look like or how to care for them. For the fact that they bloom indoor during winter, I don't even know if they're self-fertile? So I can't answer your question. Dee, the flowers on the species is about the same as those of the hybrid 'Mini'. The only difference I've observed is that the species nutans' bright pink bracts are larger and thicker than that of Mini's bracts.

Also Kell's brommie is a different variety than nutans I think.

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