Bromeliad Forum
December 11, 2017, 14:06:19 *
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length

Please consider a small donation to help cover expenses.
Local donations, click here
Donate to the Forum

News: Welcome to the Bromeliad Forum, feel free to join in the discussions
 
   Home   Help Forum Rules Login Register  
Del.icio.us Digg FURL FaceBook Stumble Upon Reddit SlashDot

Pages: [1]   Go Down
  Print  
Author Topic: Orthophytum navioides  (Read 839 times)
0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.
MI_Broms
Newbie
*
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
United States United States

Other Plants I Grow: cacti, succulents, orchids
Posts: 22



« on: July 17, 2011, 21:59:10 »

I'm celebrating success (finally) in cultivating Orthophytum navioides.  It has a reputation as a temperamental, if not difficult specied to grow.  I personally killed two of them, before having the opportunity to acquire this one in 2008.  Florida grower Steve Hoppin shared his wisdom to have success growing it.  His advice, grow it in straight perlite, with just a thin (3/4” or so) layer of organic matter such as peat or pine bark.  I modified it slightly, using small (1/2”-3/4”) lava rock mixed in with the perlite. I used about a 3/4" layer of pine bark, and then topped it off with more of the lava rock/perlite mix. The results are clear!  July 13th I witnessed my first flower, and there is evidence of a new pup developing under all those leaves! 
You are not allowed to view images.
Please
register or login

flower close up
You are not allowed to view images.
Please
register or login

Paul from Michigan
Logged
Devo
Sr. Member
****
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
New Zealand New Zealand

Posts: 413



« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2011, 00:36:55 »

Congratulations Paul!

Looks like you've not only had success in cultivating this plant, but you've had success in growing it extremely well, it looks stunning  Grin

Cheers, Andrew.
Logged

You are not allowed to view images.
Please register or login
sdandy
Hero Member
*****
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
United States United States

Other Plants I Grow: Awesome stuff.
Posts: 1247



WWW
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2011, 04:17:00 »

Congrats Paul.  What are you planning to do with the flowers?  
« Last Edit: July 18, 2011, 04:57:06 by sdandy » Logged

No ads for the duration of the month!!!

Please consider a small donation to help cover expenses.
Local donations, click here
Donate to the Forum

paul_t23
Hero Member
*****
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Australia Australia

Posts: 837



« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2011, 04:43:35 »

Hi Paul from Michigan,

Those plants look great.  I'd be really interested to know how you manage the watering - do you keep them continually wet, or do you let them dry out a bit?

Cheers, Paul from Sydney
Logged

I love deadlines.  I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.  (Douglas Adams)
Rickta66
Sr. Member
****
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Australia Australia

Posts: 466



« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2011, 12:29:27 »

Paul,

That Orthophytum navioides looks great; I might try your mix idea on a couple of xNeophytums.

Cheers,

Rick
Logged
MI_Broms
Newbie
*
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
United States United States

Other Plants I Grow: cacti, succulents, orchids
Posts: 22



« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2011, 17:49:33 »

Andy,
I'm trying to cross it with several other plants- a couple of other Orthophytums, several Neos., a Canistrum triangulare, and a couple of Aechmeas.  I have no idea what may be compatible, but perhaps I'll learn a thing or two.
Paul,
We're in a hot, dry spell here right now.  For now, everything is getting watered pretty freely, including my Dyckias and Orthophytums.  There are definitely times throughout the year when I allow it to dry out, though.

Paul in Michigan
Logged
Lisa
Global Moderator
Hero Member
*****
Offline Offline

Gender: Female
United States United States

Other Plants I Grow: gingers, Heliconia
Posts: 1077



« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2011, 19:10:06 »

Looking good, Paul!

I've found O. nav can be difficult to root.  That's where the perlite helps.  I root all the pups in straight perlite, and them pop them into a pot of regular mix once they've got a root system going.   Seems to work pretty well.   

Good luck with your crosses!  With Neos, it usually works better to use the Ortho as the pollen parent, but occasionally it will work the other way around too.  I haven't had any luck trying to cross it with other Orthos (burle-marxii types), but maybe you'll find the right combination.  Aechmea or Canistrum?  Could be interesting......   
Logged

You are not allowed to view images.
Please register or login
MI_Broms
Newbie
*
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
United States United States

Other Plants I Grow: cacti, succulents, orchids
Posts: 22



« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2011, 21:12:34 »

Lisa,
I saw one of your other posts in reference to O. navioides as see/pollen parent, so I'm trying as many things as possible both ways.  I only have the "disjunctum group" Orthos right now, but I figured it could be fun to try a couple.  I'm not so optimistic about the Aechmeas or Canistrum working out, but you just never know 'til you try it!
Logged
Pages: [1]   Go Up
  Print  
 
Jump to:  

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP © Copyright Bromeliad & Airplant Forum | Hosted By GTS Designs
Powered by SMF 1.1.10 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC | Sitemap
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!