Queen's Tears (Billbergia nutans)

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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


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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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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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