Bromeliads forum→Aechmea 'Burgundy'

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Name: Scott
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ScotTi
Mar 30, 2019 5:27 PM CST
"Why have my plants not flowered?" That interesting question arose today concerning A. 'Burgundy' with a neighbor that I had shared offsets with a few years ago. We also checked with another neighbor on the plants I had shared with them a few years ago. Those plants also had not flowered.
I came back to my garden puzzled as I know my plants have flowered at a year old.
I have 'Burgundy' growing in a dozen locations in part sun conditions, mounted, potted and in ground.
I noticed that flowering was only underway on those that are mounted. Does this plant prefer mounting???
For those that grow A. 'Burgundy' share your experience.

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Name: Sherri
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sunkissed
Mar 31, 2019 12:40 PM CST
Mine is only less than a year old and hasn't flowered, but there is a clump of them for many years in the ground around an oak tree where I walk and they bloom, I don't know how often, since they're clumped together. They are mostly in filtered sun, good looking blooms.
Name: Alice
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ardesia
Apr 1, 2019 6:09 AM CST
Just speculating here, I don't have 'Burgundy' but I do have a big pot of 'Perez' which has similar growth habits and I went to chck it and noticed that there are about a dozen plants in the pot and the bases of the ones that are blooming have really grown up and out of the soil and the roots are exposed. Perhaps these types of Aechmeas prefer a drier more open base from which to grow. Shrug!
Minds are like parachutes; they work better when they are open.
Name: Scott
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ScotTi
Apr 1, 2019 4:04 PM CST
You may be on to something Alice. I have heard that A. Burgundy was a shy flowering Bromeliad.
This photo shows Burgundy that was placed atop a palm stump and in ground around the stump. All pups planted at the same time, but flowering occurring on those mounted only.

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Name: Alice
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ardesia
Apr 1, 2019 6:19 PM CST
I never would have thought about it if you had not mentioned your observations but I think we are on to something. Now to find some mounts, my plant needs dividing.
Minds are like parachutes; they work better when they are open.
Name: Sherri
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sunkissed
Apr 2, 2019 10:36 AM CST
How interesting, I might have to find a place to mount mine, I'm sure the larger already flowered before I obtained it, but has two nice offsets now. I looked at the plants where I walk this morning and none have blooms now, all in the ground.
Name: Scott
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ScotTi
Apr 2, 2019 4:20 PM CST
Here is another one flowering tucked into the boots of a Sabal Palm.

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Name: Scott
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ScotTi
Apr 7, 2019 5:59 AM CST
Live update on my Sunday morning coffee drinking stroll through the garden.
Look what I spotted on a ground planting.
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Name: Sherri
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sunkissed
Apr 7, 2019 6:59 AM CST
Hurray!
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Apr 8, 2019 2:14 PM CST
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Name: Alice
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ardesia
Apr 8, 2019 5:20 PM CST
Just curious now, can you check the base of the offset that is budding? It would be interesting to know if it is rooted in the soil or if it is crawling across the soil surface where the roots would be exposed.
Minds are like parachutes; they work better when they are open.
Name: Scott
Tampa FL (Westchase)
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ScotTi
Apr 9, 2019 1:29 PM CST
ardesia said:Just curious now, can you check the base of the offset that is budding? It would be interesting to know if it is rooted in the soil or if it is crawling across the soil surface where the roots would be exposed.


Alice, Went and checked the situation and the flowering plant is actually crawling on the other plants in the cluster. The stem of this one comes off the mother plant above soil level. The roots on the flowering plant start 3" up from its attachment to the mother plant without any soil contact.

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Name: Alice
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ardesia
Apr 9, 2019 2:51 PM CST
OK, Thumbs up , I am going to stop burying my pups. I was feeling sorry for them and kept adding soil.
Minds are like parachutes; they work better when they are open.
Name: Scott
Tampa FL (Westchase)
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ScotTi
Apr 9, 2019 5:20 PM CST
I am intrigued with our observations. It seems to prefer the roots more exposed to the air. The plants I mounted on the top of the palm stump (photo) has performed the best in flowering. The plants mounted in the old cut leaf boots on palm trunks have also flowered well. Let's keep posting our findings as we go through its flower season.
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Name: Sherri
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sunkissed
Apr 10, 2019 5:54 AM CST
Wow, that is a nice cluster, I'm digging mine up today...mounting it in my palm. Glad Alice asked you check that. Thumbs up
Name: Scott
Tampa FL (Westchase)
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ScotTi
Apr 10, 2019 3:29 PM CST
sunkissed said:Wow, that is a nice cluster, I'm digging mine up today...mounting it in my palm. Glad Alice asked you check that. Thumbs up


Sherri, Here is one growing among the old boots on a Sabal Palm trunk
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The exposed roots are very noticeable.
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Name: Alice
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ardesia
Apr 10, 2019 4:44 PM CST
My similar Aechmea, 'Perez' had an accident today. The plant was in a 12" hanging pot, one of those very heavy ceramic ones. It has been hanging in a Live Oak, on the same branch, since October. While it was sort of low it was over the mulched area under the tree, maybe a bit close to that edge. Shrug! The lady that owns this house provides lawn mowing and today I looked out the window as the guy was racing his riding mower around the yard. Speed seemed to be the issue and he was not watching where he was going. Next thing I know he was holding his head and the pot was swinging wildly. He just shook his head and went on mowing. After he left I checked the pot and discovered he had cracked it. Boy is he going to have a headache tonight. Guess I will look around for a mount now that we know Aechmeas in that class do well that way. The sides of that pot were a good 1/3" thick. Ouch.
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Minds are like parachutes; they work better when they are open.
Name: Sherri
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sunkissed
Apr 11, 2019 7:18 AM CST
Oh my, wonder if he cracked his head too. I've bonked my head on overhead hanging pots before. Whistling

Thanks for the pictures Scott. I did notice on my walk yesterday morning the A. Burgundy plants around the oak, one is blooming, there are about ten plants. I looked closely and it is in the ground pretty good. Didn't look like any others were starting a bloom yet.
I am going to move mine to the Scrub palm, I have a good morning sun side or a late evening mostly filtered/shade side, which side should I mount it on?
Name: Scott
Tampa FL (Westchase)
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ScotTi
Apr 11, 2019 5:06 PM CST
Sherri, Both of your choice locations sound great.
Mounted receiving morning sun...
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Mounted in a mid day sun location...
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Mounted in a Magnolia receiving very little filtered sun..
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Name: Sherri
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sunkissed
Apr 12, 2019 6:02 AM CST
Thank You! Scott, I'll put on morning sun side then, need more on that side.

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