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Botanical names:
Billbergia nutans Accepted
Billbergia nutans var. schimperiana Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8a -12.2 °C (10 °F) to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 20 inches (50cm)
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruiting Time: Winter
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Flower Time: Winter
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Uses: Groundcover
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Offsets
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Epiphytic

Queen's Tears (Billbergia nutans)

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Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Mar 17, 2013 8:37 PM

Pendulous flower clusters on long stems can bloom any time of year.
To force flowering - enclose plant in a plastic bag with a ripe apple (ethylene gas stimulates flowering process) for 7 to 10 days. Will flower in 1 to 2 months.

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Posted by sallyg (central Maryland) on Sep 30, 2019 7:19 AM

I have been growing and dividing potted specimens for several years now, until now I have five medium-large pots of it. I keep them on my deck in summer. Tree frogs hide in the pools created by the leaf rosettes. Each new rosette will bloom once, then create two side shoots, and decline. So you do want to periodically cut out the older leaves and rosettes, or divide. Tough roots, don't count on pulling by hand, I think I had to saw them apart, I used an old electric knife blade. But the plant never blinked an eye. I keep them inside over winter here in zone 7.

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Plant Events from our members
piksihk On October 11, 2016 Plant Ended (Removed, Died, Discarded, etc)
piksihk On March 19, 2015 Bloomed
jmorth On February 3, 2016 Bloomed
Blooming in 2 containers, 1 under fluorescents, the other is under a sodium arc lamp, in cool basement. Containers taken outside for summers.
Rec'd in a trade from Calif. many years ago.

jmorth On March 3, 2015 Miscellaneous Event
Flower buds forming well in 60° under fluorescents in basement.
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