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« on: August 26, 2012, 17:28:23 »

I got this plant over three years ago and it got beat up by low temperatures, 34F, but came back and looks ready to flower. It's thrown off 5 or 6 pups and I've given most of those away. I just noticed the color change this morning and I wonder how long it will last. My Bromelia sylvicola didn't stay red for very long.
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« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2012, 05:06:30 »

Looks like a nice sized Bromelia.  I can't wait until some of the new mini ones from Brazil get into the trade...  The color should last for at least a month as you can't even see the flower head yet.  Of are the buds hidden by the angle?
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« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2012, 04:50:21 »

Almost there.

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« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2012, 00:13:01 »

That is a bromelia thats worth growing in the garden. Looks great. Thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2012, 00:18:30 »

Hmmm, got my attention too. Nice!
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« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2012, 14:27:42 »

Now should I bother to try and cross it or does it self? I have some Bromelia sylvicola pollen and some Orthpytum burle-marxii pollen that I was thinking about trying.

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« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2012, 16:52:17 »

why not try to cross some flowers and not others, or doesn't that work??

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« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2012, 20:44:45 »

I'd be tempted to try the Orthophytum, Nick.  I don't know if they're close enough to take, but I'm not seeing any advantage to crossing it with a larger Bromelia. 

I also don't know if it's a selfer, but FCBS has photos of someone pulling out a ripe berry, so that may be a clue.  If you want to try a cross, you'd better emasculate it.  Also be sure to check the timing of anthesis.  If B. scarlatina is any indicator, the flowers may open in the afternoon rather than morning.

 

 
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« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2012, 02:21:34 »

I tried an Ae. chantinii on a B. pinguin and the only one to develop seed was that one, and it was only one seed. Time will tell if it's a straight Bromelia or a hybrid
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« Reply #9 on: September 10, 2012, 05:44:42 »

Hi Nick, stunning plant, thanks for sharing it.  I can't work out how it got that name though.  None of those Bromelias look very humile to me  Shocked
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« Reply #10 on: September 10, 2012, 12:18:49 »

Bromelia sylvicola only selfs for me if I play with it, so it wouldn't surprise me if the others work that way. I think I'm just going to add to my pollen collection and not bother trying to cross it. I really don't want to grow this species from seed. I wonder if the seed photo on fcbs was the result of selfing or crossing?
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