Nice job Mr. Skotak

Big Pine Key, FL(Zone 11)

In 1996 hybridizer extraordinaire Chester Skotak introduced to the two of what has become a pair of my favorite Neoregelias. Neo Yin and Neo Yang are from a cross of Neo. carolinae (seed parent ) and Neo. carcharadon (pollen parent). I believe these are from the same grex and grew as separate seedlings. Both plants are quite large as Neos go ranging to 24” – 30” in diameter.

The difficult part for me was how to remember which plant is which… so I came up with the memory aid of yAng- vAriegated and yIn- albo-margInated. In the Brom world albo-marginated has the variegation on the margins of the leaf, whereas the term variegated often refers to the white or cream color in the center of the leaf.

Carcharadon parentage is evident in the shape of the plants and the relatively large spines along the leaf margins.

With higher light levels these plants color up nicely taking on an almost ruby blush.


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Ventress, LA(Zone 8b)

Amazing. I have so much to learn.

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