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« Reply #15 on: November 18, 2013, 07:48:40 »

November 17th. Day 81 after sowing. The growth is coming along fine. Daily mistings of a few minutes are paying off.

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Nice!

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« Reply #16 on: December 16, 2013, 12:33:10 »

December 16, Day 110.....

Slowly but steady!

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« Reply #17 on: January 27, 2014, 07:23:42 »

Hi All. day 152 and they are still looking good. I am still watering regularly, but now only every second day. I have foliar fed with a 20% solution of multifeed and Kelpak ( sea weed extract). By 20% I mean the recommended dilution of the fertiliser with an extra 4 times the amount of water. [if it is 1 tsp of fertilizer to 1 Litre of water I have done 1 tsp per 5 Litres of water]). This was done several hours before a normal irrigation, just to prevent burn.

I am happy thus far!

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« Reply #18 on: January 27, 2014, 10:14:55 »

Kelpak is a root stimulant.  It is generally referred to as an organic fertilliser by all and sundry but it is not a fertilliser but brather a growth stimulant.  I use it to promote rooting on newly mounted Tillandsia.  It does appear to have some tonic value though - plants do appear to be more lively.

As a fertilliser I have stuck to the Chemicult orchid ferts - #2 being the best by far.  I always use the ferts at a third strength and use it once a week during the growing season.

Some seedlings can be pushed harder than others.  Generally if the parents are slow growers then just stick to a basic once-a-week regime with a weak solution.  Fast growers such as aeranthos can be fertillised twice a week with the third strength solution.  Fine leafed species should be fertillised with an even weaker solution - quarter to fifth strength.  The fine leaves are very susceptible to nitrogen burn.

Your plants do look good!  Inspiring me to pollinate and go for it again.  My nursery is starting to look a bit messy with the 1000's of seedlings that have germinated all over the place.  In the hot, dry house T. straminea is on every spiny thing (Pachypodium and Euphorbia in particular!).  There are masses of them - from newly germinated to decent -sized recruits.  Tillandsia bandensis is another that has taken a liking to the big Adenium specimens - the clumps are massive when 1000's of seedlings ever year being added after every flowering!  In the cool orchid house T. viridiflora is colonising at a rapid rate!  It is a prolific seeder (but a bit of a slow grower) so everywhere these little green things, too delicate to transplant, are now apparent.  I'm going to start wrapping masking tape around the ripening pods from now on so that when they split the seed cant disperse and I can then harvest them and rather have a nice neat system like yours!

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« Reply #19 on: January 27, 2014, 11:02:55 »

Thanks for the info Robin,

I have used kelpak in several trials on cut roses and had a 30% increase in leaf surface area as opposed to the control group. Again on the cut rose trials I had the best results on a 25 % application twice a week along with the pesticide and fungicide cocktails being applied. This could be as a combined root improvement and greater nutrient uptake, but I have not had any side effects from it on my Broms. The one point I do scrutinize the lables for is the Cu (copper) content.

My plants have been very stingy in giving me seeds. I have had to hand pollinate to ensure some seed development. I might just have too few natural pollinators around or perhaps they are on strike!

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« Reply #20 on: March 18, 2014, 18:59:00 »

Update Day 202.....

The plants are coming along fine. Tillandsia gardenia has no respect for my impatientness!

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« Reply #21 on: March 19, 2014, 10:05:43 »

Ahhhhhh the little green Jack Frost's!

Good investment.  In about....... say......... 20 years time you'll have a fair amount of stock for sale!  As Confucius said - the best time to have planted a tree was 20 years ago.  The sooner you get started the better.  Having said that I am now 202 days behind.
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« Reply #22 on: May 09, 2014, 17:47:03 »

Hooray!   Day 253!

They are starting to lift their heads!


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« Reply #23 on: May 09, 2014, 22:57:47 »

Thanks for the interesting journey Conrad, but I think I'll come back in my next life to see them flower; to slow for this old fella!

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« Reply #24 on: May 12, 2014, 07:41:35 »

I have many a friend who concur with you Nev! and I must admit that I do too, sometimes... but I had to start sometime.

All I do is a day at a time though. If I am around when they are big, all the better!

Strangely my Neo seeds have not been much faster. I have 3" plants after 4 years....I will post some of those picks soon....

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« Reply #25 on: May 12, 2014, 10:25:47 »

Conrad do you use fertiliser on them. I have 2yr old neos the same size. 3"
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« Reply #26 on: May 13, 2014, 14:11:18 »

Yes, weak solutions of guano and multifeed. About 1/2 the recommended dosages per litre of water. This is done though not that often and I really should get into a routine.

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« Reply #27 on: July 31, 2014, 13:42:33 »

I Think this is one of the most boringest post ever! It seems that almost always nothing happens! But here is another update:

Day 337. Almost 1 year of growth.

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And this is some Tillandsia fasiculata at day 292. Much slower than gardenii.

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« Reply #28 on: September 01, 2014, 16:43:46 »

Hooray! Its our Birthday!!!

On the 29th of August 2013 these were sown. It feels like forever! But the growth has been very good. There has been no sign of any fungal disease or any insect problem to date (I say running around the house touching as much wood as possible!). There is quite a good root growth through the shade net. I am currently construction a shelving structure under some shade net to harden them off soon. Watering is now down to once per week.

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Gnarly dude!


« Reply #29 on: September 03, 2014, 13:19:56 »

Mmm....I suspect massive steroid use. Those seedlings are juiced!
One year? Excellent.
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