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Name: Scott
Tampa FL (Westchase)
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ScotTi
May 4, 2019 5:42 AM CST
Though I would give a update on my $5 mystery.
If you recall this one was picked from the Lowes clearance rack labeled as 'Mend' a few months back. I still question as it even being a Aechmea. I lean towards Neoregelia at this time.
Slow and steady she grows.
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Name: Sherri
Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b)
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sunkissed
May 5, 2019 6:16 AM CST
Scott, I'd lean towards a Neo also, looks like it is trying to get color back.

Does anyone have Vriesea splendens? This is my third one, first two died, both were gifted to me and not in good condition when I got them. This one was on a clearance rack at Walmart and was just starting a flower. What I find interesting is it has started two offsets, however they are coming out of the center cup. Is this normal for this plant, I'm wondering? Anyway three is a charm, this one seems happy.
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Name: Scott
Tampa FL (Westchase)
Tropicals Aroids Amaryllis Cactus and Succulents Orchids Foliage Fan
Dog Lover Plumerias Bromeliad Enjoys or suffers hot summers Region: Florida Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
ScotTi
May 5, 2019 6:46 AM CST
Sherri, I had a good laugh with your remarks on the V. Splendens.
I am hoping the second will be a charm for me.
Yes that looks normal for the pup production on this Vreisea. I have read up after loosing the first one that this one is rated as hard on aspects of pup removal. I have read that you must remove the old leaves from the original mother plant and carefully cut the new pups off and root.
I have read that the majority of those sold are seed grown for this reason.
Name: Sherri
Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b)
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sunkissed
May 5, 2019 6:59 AM CST
Thanks for that info Scott, good to know. I think I'll just let the pups go and not attempt to remove them Whistling . I saw a huge patch of this growing in the ground at one of the botanical gardens I visited a few years ago under the shade of a big oak.
Name: Scott
Tampa FL (Westchase)
Tropicals Aroids Amaryllis Cactus and Succulents Orchids Foliage Fan
Dog Lover Plumerias Bromeliad Enjoys or suffers hot summers Region: Florida Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
ScotTi
May 5, 2019 7:16 AM CST
sunkissed said:Thanks for that info Scott, good to know. I think I'll just let the pups go and not attempt to remove them Whistling . I saw a huge patch of this growing in the ground at one of the botanical gardens I visited a few years ago under the shade of a big oak.


Did either of your first two produce pups?
I had two pups produced on my first attempt. The new pups died off with the mother plant as I made no attempt to remove pups.
From what I have read and understand now, one must remove the pups at about 6" and root for continuation of the plant.
I have also read that the new pups will take over the old mother plant.


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Name: Alice
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ardesia
May 5, 2019 7:23 AM CST
Is this what is known as an "upper pupper"?
I had a brom many years ago, I can't even remember what kind it was, but I remember bring told it was an upper pupper as the offsets appeared in the vase.
Minds are like parachutes; they work better when they are open.
Name: Scott
Tampa FL (Westchase)
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Dog Lover Plumerias Bromeliad Enjoys or suffers hot summers Region: Florida Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
ScotTi
May 5, 2019 7:41 AM CST
You are correct Alice V. Splendens is a upper pupper.
Name: Sherri
Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b)
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sunkissed
May 6, 2019 2:44 PM CST
Very Interesting. I've never heard of upper uppers and so today I've learned something new and researched it, so thank you both Scott and Alice.
No Scott, my first two never gave any pups, maybe the giver removed the pups and mom didn't want to give more and just died out eventually. Shrug!

I found this article in in an old FCBS newsletter on how to remove an upper pupper (scroll down to find article on second page... http://fcbs.org/newsletters/FW...

So I'll await till they are big enough to remove. I guess I'm lucky to get two pups according to what I've read, most upper puppers only give one.
Name: Scott
Tampa FL (Westchase)
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ScotTi
May 6, 2019 3:45 PM CST
Sherri, I wish I had known at the time with my first plant about the handling of a upper pupper. "Live and learn" as they say.

I see only one little pup with no signs of another.
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My thought with my plant having the one pup is just cutting off the leaves below the pup and replanting with the pup at soil level.
Name: Karen
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plantmanager
May 6, 2019 3:45 PM CST
I had no idea there were upper Puppers! I love learning new things here daily.
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Name: Scott
Tampa FL (Westchase)
Tropicals Aroids Amaryllis Cactus and Succulents Orchids Foliage Fan
Dog Lover Plumerias Bromeliad Enjoys or suffers hot summers Region: Florida Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
ScotTi
May 6, 2019 3:53 PM CST
plantmanager said:I had no idea there were upper Puppers! I love learning new things here daily.


Isn't the plant world fascinating.
Name: Audrey
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Esperanza
May 6, 2019 4:47 PM CST
I am waiting for a lot of my bromeliads to still color up. We have had a lot of rain this spring. Maybe that is why they are taking their sweet time. My red candles are just beginning to blush on the bottoms and tops of the leaves and my orange ones are just this weird yucky color. What do you call this color?
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We got another line of storms with possible hail this week. Most of the bromeliads are staying put while I hope for the best. A select few are getting brought in just in case Crossing Fingers!
Name: Scott
Tampa FL (Westchase)
Tropicals Aroids Amaryllis Cactus and Succulents Orchids Foliage Fan
Dog Lover Plumerias Bromeliad Enjoys or suffers hot summers Region: Florida Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
ScotTi
May 6, 2019 7:55 PM CST
Karen, Here is another fascinating fact. Many people vision Hummingbirds in the tropical Hawaii paradise.
But a Bromeliad is why Hawaii state law bans Hummingbirds. Hummingbirds are not native and are a pollinater of Bromeliads and pollination of the Pineapple is not a good thing as it produces seed in the fruits.
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
May 6, 2019 8:45 PM CST
Wow, Scott, that I did not know and we've spent quite a lot of time on the various Hawaiian islands. That makes sense. Do they kill them if they turn up?
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Name: Sherri
Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b)
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sunkissed
May 7, 2019 5:21 AM CST
I have a friend that has a boyfriend in Hawaii and goes there often, she says they don't even have the many songbirds we have, no seagulls on the beach and I think she said no mosquitoes or snakes, or maybe hardly any of those. She said they have cockroaches as big as birds though. Crying

Audrey, I just love all your arrangements in your pots, your creativity inspires me. Lovey dubby Hope the storms didn't damage anything.
Name: Sherri
Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b)
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sunkissed
May 7, 2019 5:23 AM CST
So what is this at the base of my Vriesea splendens, could it be a seedling? I didn't notice it before until yesterday.
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Name: Scott
Tampa FL (Westchase)
Tropicals Aroids Amaryllis Cactus and Succulents Orchids Foliage Fan
Dog Lover Plumerias Bromeliad Enjoys or suffers hot summers Region: Florida Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
ScotTi
May 7, 2019 8:56 AM CST
You have made me curious Sherri.
Try running a toothpick between the original plant and the new kid to get a feel if it is attached. How long ago did the mother plant flower?





Name: Scott
Tampa FL (Westchase)
Tropicals Aroids Amaryllis Cactus and Succulents Orchids Foliage Fan
Dog Lover Plumerias Bromeliad Enjoys or suffers hot summers Region: Florida Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
ScotTi
May 7, 2019 4:52 PM CST
With the discussion currently on pups I thought I would share this litter. There are a dozen grass pups on the Alcantara. The mother Alcantara is still on the small size for a Alcantara. I was told when I purchased the mother plant (that had been recently removed from its own mother) that the pups would appear. This was due to the stress the recent removed pup goes through at removal. These pups can be removed when they reach 4" to produce a full size plant to be grown on.
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The litter of pups...
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I can see small roots on a few of the pups at this time.
Name: Halyna
Central Fl (Zone 9a)
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Gala
May 8, 2019 12:23 AM CST
My new NoIdeas. Rolling my eyes.

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Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
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ardesia
May 8, 2019 3:20 AM CST
Grass pups??? Dang, I learn something new every day here.
Minds are like parachutes; they work better when they are open.

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