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« on: September 12, 2013, 12:31:50 »

I just got a mature, just flowered Hoh burle-marxii with the first pup already coming out.  What is the best potting medium to plant it in?  Does it cope with some direct sun or just very bright light?  The plant that I got was grown in the shade and there is no hint of any colour on the leaves and I want the pups to grow up looking spectacular!

I am asking about the pottingmedium as well because a couple of years back I got a very nice looking Hoh leopoldo-horstii  It had a bit of colour when I got it and I planted in my pine bark based potting mix which I use for all my other broms.  In my shadehouse the plant grew well and coloured up stunning and then all of a sudden it started rotting and just died.

there are a lot of fleshy berries on the plant which come off easily if fiddled with but if I squeesze them, I cannot see any seeds.  So I guess this is not a selfer.  Or could the berries still be green and will form some seeds later.  Why do the berries swell up if not pollinated?

This is what my newly acquired H b-m looks like (pity it flowered already Andy otherwise I could have sent you some pollen to make a Tripple-hyphen!!!)

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« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2013, 20:09:41 »

Hi Japie.

Stunning plant! I always have a soft spot for all those "lesser attractive" Bromeliads. They have the real Wild look and an air of mystery. If you get any seed off it and have some to spare, I will be willing to accept....LOL.

They seem to like semi-sun position and damp soil according to one reference I have. They do not tolerate frost, so you should be OK in CT. Some information regarding its habitat is confusing, unless it is very adaptable. One source states the habitat as "Dry Tropical Forrest" and some images I have seen show very arid terrain and full sun. Companion plants are cacti in some photos. For Cape Town I would grow in full sun and well drained soil.

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« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2013, 04:25:10 »

Around here, we don't grow Hohenbergia burle-marxii in a lot of sun. I've had one for a few years and no sign of pups or flowers. I recently Florel'd a H. penduliflora and that worked so maybe it's time to Florel the b-m too.
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« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2013, 11:29:40 »

Hi Japie,
I recently bought some Hoh BM seed, they were very small similar to a poppy seed.

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« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2013, 12:36:55 »

Rick did you germinate any plants? Germination %, Germination Rate, Germination success?

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« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2013, 13:05:22 »

Conrad,
I'll report back and share my supplier if the results are good, I only got @15 seeds and they only got sowed a week ago.

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« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2013, 13:32:24 »

No luck with the Hoh BM seed Conrad, I'm not sure if it is possible to get seed to germinate without another clone, this is the 2nd time I've had no luck with Hoh BM seed from different sources.

I did get some pretty good germination rates from some Encholirium seed from this provider, PM me if you'd like details.
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« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2013, 19:36:25 »

My sympathy on the germination problem, Rick. Hope you get a good supply of seed soon. Perhaps Japie can help?

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« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2013, 15:24:33 »

Hey Rick, it's sort of a relief to hear you say that in a way mate. I followed specific instructions on how to self my flowering Hoh. burle-marxii, but zip, nought, nothing, f... all took according to the expert seed grower to who I sent the seed. Trying to get 2 x simultaneous flowering b-m would be an achievement in itself in Oz I would think - just yet.
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« Reply #9 on: November 04, 2013, 12:09:50 »

I reckon there's seed in those ripening pods. Squeeze and find out! Pedro
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« Reply #10 on: November 05, 2013, 08:18:48 »

Hi all

Here is a beautiful specimen of Hohenbergia burle-marxii in my friends garden. It should be coming into flower soon. Will see if I can try some fiddling with the flowers and hopefully get some seed.

Besides seed, I can't wait to get a pup off this bad boy.  Grin


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« Reply #11 on: November 05, 2013, 22:36:39 »

Peter
I have squeezed out plenty and found nothing.  The seed pods looked quite green though but they came off easy lust like a ripe seedpods.  After I read your post I went to have another look.  And there they were!  Some seedpods turned a light blue-ish colour and when squeezed, out came the seeds!!!  Very few seeds per pod though but I suppose about 30 seeds are far better than none!!
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« Reply #12 on: November 05, 2013, 23:16:36 »

Good to hear that you got some seed Japie. There is now hope for my friends plant to produce seed.

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« Reply #13 on: November 16, 2013, 23:12:39 »

Hi Conrad, very nice H. b-m!  Good luck with the seed Japie!
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« Reply #14 on: November 17, 2013, 08:29:04 »

Hi Paul, I am sure you mean "Craig!".
 
In my dreams I would have a specimen like that!

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