My Xmas Presant.................problem?

North Ipswich, Qld, Australia

Hi All,

This is such a beauty and I think I am not doing something right.

The flower's are trying to open but they look dead as they open, is this the normal thing?

Maybe I am not watering it enough or maybe not enough sun????

I am new to Bromilaids, can someone help?

Debi

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Marks, MS(Zone 7b)

I had a tillandsia that did the same thing. As the buds opened, the flowers were brown and dead looking. The buds were there for months, and didnt open till the weather just started getting cold. Also, I had just moved it from its spot under my tree to the greenhouse. I assumed it had something to do with either the change in location, or the change in weather. I dont know that is what it is, but thats the changes it had at the time.

North Ipswich, Qld, Australia

Hi, Thanks for your help.

I was just looking forward to seeing the flower's as this is such a beautiful plant.

Was this what yours looked like?

So it's not what I am or am not doing?

Thks,

Debi

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Springfield, MO(Zone 6a)

Try increasing th humidity. Vrieseas are all rainforest plants. If the air is too dry, the bracts will often stick together.

You can simply immerse the entire influorescense into warm water with just a tiny tiny bit of dishwashing liquid. Work the bracts until loose, then rinse.

Dave.

North Ipswich, Qld, Australia

Hi Guys again,

I have some up dated picture's of this beautiful plant and need help as to whether I should brake them apart and re-pot in different pots.

It it the time of year here in Australia to do it, some days are nice, some are so hot, to 40 degree's.

They are in a small black pot and I do not want them to die????

Thanks Guys,

Debi

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Springfield, MO(Zone 6a)

Vrieseas are pretty easy to seperate. Some people, however, prefer to grow them in large clumps. Most of the time all of the new plants will flower at the same time just as your two did.

The easiest way is to just gently pry the offsets apart being careful to part them on the more woody base. You can use a small knife to slice down through the jointly connected part. The offsets root easily, just don't pot them too deeply.

Dave.

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