Photos from Orlandiana 2012 - Neoregelia Lorena Lector

Springfield, MO(Zone 6a)

World Bromeliad Conference held just over a week ago. Here are some of the great plants we saw. This first pic is a Ray Coleman hybrid of Neo. Lorena x Neo Hannibal Lector (called Lorena Lector). Stunning isn't it? Dave

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Springfield, MO(Zone 6a)

Best in show (Commercial) - a variegated Alcantarea John Stoddard. Note me hiding behind the plant. It's huge.

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Ventress, LA(Zone 8b)

These are fabulous. Where was the conference held?

Springfield, MO(Zone 6a)

In Orlando. Here is Neoregelia Wild Rabbit (about 14" in diameter , Chester Skotak hybrid)

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Springfield, MO(Zone 6a)

Vriesea ospinae "Tie Dye"

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Springfield, MO(Zone 6a)

Neoregelia (carolinae x Hannibal Lector) x Norman Bates x carcaradon "Tiger" (I think...)

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Springfield, MO(Zone 6a)

Dyckia Arizona (rather expensive at the moment - I passed)

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Deep East Texas, TX(Zone 8a)

Did you enter some of your plants or did you purchase anything special?

Those are some amazing bromeliads on display. Do believe I'd be better off staying here and watching your photos instead. LOL Loving the Vriesea ospinae "Tie Dye".

Ventress, LA(Zone 8b)

These are beyond my expectations. This is on my bucket list......to attend at least once in my life time.
Show us what followed you home,,,,,,,,,please.

Springfield, MO(Zone 6a)

I did splurge on a few plants. Every year, there is a large member/vendor plant sale. But the real action is at the "Rare Plant Auction" which (very intelligently) follows a "softening-up" session (read alcohol). Many awesome plants are auctioned off including some of the show plants. Since the proceeds benefit the Bromeliad Society, many bidders (me included) pick a few plants they would really like and bid much more than they are worth. I took home Orthroglaziovia (bigeneric cross) Rosita (= Neoglaziovia variegata x Orthophytum albopicta) and a variegated Pitcairnea species from Eucador (grown by Peter Bak - whose Dutch Nursery grows millions of Bromeliads from seed each year).

The BSI announced the 2014 World Conference would be held in Hawaii! Aloha...

Forgot to add that I did not enter any plants. We grow lots of things and just this last week had to do our usual cramming into the greenhouse as freezing weather was expected. It's extremely hard to grow show plants with great color and conformation while maintaining perfect leaves (especially the tips). I confess that I did win a Mulford Foster Best in Show award at a BSI show way back in 1981. Ironically, it was a very nice clump of Billbergia Pixie, with absolutely stunning scurf on the leaves barely masking Pixie's great colors. What neither I nor the judges realized at the time was, that this "scurf" was actually calcium carbonate. When we moved from Long Island (with extremely soft water) to Missouri, I installed a misting system just like the one back home. I soon learned that I was coating my plants with limestone. After a while they suffered. I installed reverse osmosis which I used for many years. I now use deionized water, which is certainly more expensive but loses no pressure so I can mist away without having to repump.

Dave

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Springfield, MO(Zone 6a)

Neoregelia Sibella

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Springfield, MO(Zone 6a)

Dyckia Brittle Star - a close-up to see the very interesting "imprints" left on the leaves when the new ones come out

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Ventress, LA(Zone 8b)

Hawaii! Oh no!!! I am suppossed to retire this year, but DH says continue if I want my kitchen remodled.
Wild Rabbit is just wonderful. Oh! You have made me envious!

Springfield, MO(Zone 6a)

All I have for Wild Rabbit is a higher resolution picture, so don't be jealous!

Perris Ca., United States

LOVED those pics. of Neos. from the '12 world conference and subscribed to Dave's Garden for two months while in the States just so I could enlarge your pics. Are any of them available from nurseries yet? Those Lector hybrids are unbelievably beautiful.

Springfield, MO(Zone 6a)

I really don't know about availability. You could try some of the better known Bromeliad nurseries with online ordering/catalogs - Tropiflora, http://tropiflora.com/ - Birdrock, http://www.birdrocktropicals.com/ - Michael's Bromeliads, http://www.michaelsbromeliads.com/

Dave

Perris Ca., United States

Much appreciated Dave. Astronomical costs bringing into N.Z. through quarantine but can visit a sister in Florida while across the big puddle every summer and view purchases in Jacksonville!!! Will try those growers.

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