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« on: February 18, 2013, 21:52:31 »

Ever since I got Andrew Steens' Bromeliads for the Connoisseur's guide, I wanted an Alc geniculata for its beautiful flower!  I got one and planted it in the gareden in a somewhat shady position as the soft green leaves suggested that to me.  Now it is flowering and my plant does not look nearly as nice as the one pictured in Andrew's book.  Should I have planted it in more sun?  Even in almost full sun with just a bit of midday shade to protect it from the sun during the hottest part of the day?  Or are there some clones that has a paler inflo than other.

This is what my plant looks like now:

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And no, I did not make a mistake with subject line!  A little while after I got the geniculata, I also got a nahoumii.  I must admit I was not too keen to get it, but it was during that first mad rush of Bromeliad collecting, so I got everything that I could lay my hands on.  As the plant grew up, it remained that pale, lime green colour but it started developing a nicer, fuller form than geniculata and also grew larger.  And now it is flowering as well.  Ok, the flowers have not started opening but ever since I could see the inflo forming, I do not miss a day looking at it.  I just love it!!!

Here is a whole series of pictures - forgive me if I over-burden your browser!!!

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I can't wait for the first flowers to start opening now!

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Gnarly dude!


« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2013, 00:08:45 »

"Now it is flowering and my plant does not look nearly as nice as the one pictured in Andrew's book."

Boy Japie, you'd be one tough judge at a show! Your standards are mighty high since I see nothing wrong with your plants. They look lovingly grown.
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« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2013, 10:25:46 »

What a great series of pics Japie !!..Can't wait for my nahoumii seedlings to grow up if the're going to look like that, the form is superb !

I agree with Gonz, they both look great, just enjoy 'em while you can!  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2013, 18:46:26 »

Your geniculata looks fine to me too, Japie.  It can take full sun if you want to grow it that way, but the color of your inflo looks about the same as what I've seen here.   
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« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2013, 21:56:38 »

Both look great Japie. At first the nahoumii looks like a Guzmania then it's true Alcn. form come through.

I grow my geniculatas in full sun without any burning issues.

Thanks for the photos
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« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2013, 03:12:34 »

Hi Japie, I'd be happy with any of those in my garden!
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« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2013, 02:27:27 »

Thanks so much for posting these.  I received two types of Alc. nahoumii this year -- one is the regular all green form, and the other a reddish form (versicolor).  A racoon scratched and ripped up half the leaves on the red one that I placed apparently too close to the pond.   Angry  Our humidity is WAY low here in So. California, and I notice best results when hot afternoon sun in summer can be tempered.  I appreciate the time-lapsed photos of the bloom, Japie.  How long has it taken for the inflo to develop this far?
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« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2013, 23:41:40 »

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The first and second picture of A nahoumii was taken on the 30th December.  All the pictures I post has got the name of the plant and date the picture was taken as a file name.  Just right-click on the picture, click 'save as' and the file name will appear.  The first six numbers after the plant name, is the date : yymmdd.  If a 7th number appears, it means it is the 2nd or 5th picture I have taken of that plant on that date.

And there are still no open flowers on the plant!  This is what it looked like on the March 22nd.

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« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2013, 15:54:38 »

Thanks so much for the information.  I like the file name convention.  The flowering odyssey continues!
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« Reply #9 on: April 04, 2013, 22:00:11 »

Hi Japie, that's looking fantastic.
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« Reply #10 on: April 04, 2013, 23:03:10 »

Spectacular flower Japie. So striking. I have one on the verge of flowering, so can't wait after seeing your magnificent photo's.

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« Reply #11 on: April 07, 2013, 10:43:52 »

Hi Japie

I can't find any comment bit it looks like a fantastic Vriecantrea, possibly with Alc nahoumii in it too. Neat plants!

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« Reply #12 on: April 08, 2013, 10:26:25 »

Hi All

Pedro has said what I have been thinking for a while. It looks to have some Vriesea in it as it's foliage seems a little softer than an Alcantareas. The images are of one of the more northern clones of nahoumii which tend larger than the type specimen which occurs around Rio  state if my memory serves me correctly. Lovely plant and stunning colour combination Japie, very nice.

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« Reply #13 on: April 11, 2013, 01:09:35 »

I remember those nahoumiis Bruce - beau-di-full. Type is from Milagres, Bahia - look-a-like plants were from RDJ State (below). Nice Vriecantreas too, Japie! Cheers, Pedro

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« Reply #14 on: April 24, 2013, 22:32:22 »

And finally the wait is over - here's the plant on the day it 'opened' its first flower:

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And a close up of the flower - sorry about the picture quality but I am sure you get the idea!

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And a picture of the same flower 3 days later - that's how long it took to open fully and see how small the petals are:

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Pedro and Bruce, thanks for the info above!  I am still trying to get hold of the guy where I got my plant from to see if he can shed any more light on the subject.  The plant was actually labelled as Vr nahoumii, but so were the other Alcantareas (including geniculata) that I got from him.  Looking at the opened flower now, even I can see that it is not a pure Alcantarea.  Do you have any idea, or want to take a guess as to what Vriesea might have been involved in creating this?

The real Alc nahoumii looks stunning.  The entire inflo seems much more robust and I do like those black dots on yours Bruce!  If you ever have spare seeds of that one, please think of me!!

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