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May 11, 2020 8:49 PM CST
Sydney, NSW
I bought these tillandsia from a specialty store, they're currently in a pot with soil but I'm wondering what the best way to store them for future growth is. Would it be better to just leave them or to store them on some wire, in a log etc.
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May 12, 2020 7:02 AM CST
Name: Sherri
Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b)
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Jimsuccs said:I bought these tillandsia from a specialty store, they're currently in a pot with soil but I'm wondering what the best way to store them for future growth is. Would it be better to just leave them or to store them on some wire, in a log etc.
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Wow that is a beauty, do you know what it is? It'll grow as you have it or you can get creative with it. Doesn't need soil.
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May 12, 2020 8:19 AM CST
Name: Scott
Tampa FL (Westchase)
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Jimsuccs said:I bought these tillandsia from a specialty store, they're currently in a pot with soil but I'm wondering what the best way to store them for future growth is. Would it be better to just leave them or to store them on some wire, in a log etc.
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Welcome!
Looking at the photo of your plant I do not see a Tillandsia. I am leaning towards it actually being a Aechmea with the spines and the light banding color on the leaves.
I tried to judge the size of your plant from the photo but finding it hard. What size pot (1 gallon?) is it currently growing in? What is the height of your plant and leaf width?
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May 12, 2020 5:56 PM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
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I see teeth/spines along the leaf margins so I don't think that beauty is Tillandsia either, likely Aechmea as ScotTi suggested. Sure is a pretty one!
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May 13, 2020 5:50 AM CST
Name: Sherri
Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b)
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Hmmm, now that I blow it up, I agree not a Tillandsia, reminds me of Neoregelia Cruenta Shrug!
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May 13, 2020 8:07 AM CST
Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
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Neo. Cruenta 'rubra' looks awfully close to me.
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May 13, 2020 8:24 AM CST
Name: Scott
Tampa FL (Westchase)
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My first thought when I saw the photo was that of N. Curenta 'rubra'. The coloration and upright crown growth match, but the leaf has a slow taper to the end on the Bromeliad in question. Neoregelia leaves tend to show a rounding towards the tip.
Hope this makes sense. Thinking
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May 13, 2020 11:30 AM CST
Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
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Yep, back to Aechmea.......
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May 14, 2020 1:33 PM CST
Name: Sherri
Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b)
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Scott, yes I understand what you mean, Neo. Cruenta does have a bit rounded end to a fingernail tip.

It is unusual, I can't think of an Aechmea quite like it, any ideas? Wonder if @Jimsuccs plant had an ID tag? Shrug!
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May 14, 2020 9:47 PM CST
Sydney, NSW
@ScotTi It's a 1.5L pot, which judging from pictures might be a gallon pot? I took some more photos, one is a close up of the leaves and the other a measurement of the plant, I can measure the leaf width if that would help but they're not very wide.
@Sunkissed there was no tags attached to the plant which is annoying but it wasn't a regular store that I bought it from.
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May 15, 2020 4:41 AM CST
Name: Scott
Tampa FL (Westchase)
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Excellent photo Jim for size reference. Thumbs up
I am thinking your plant is Aechmea 'Pink Buttons'.
A. 'Pink Buttons' 10"-12" upright leaves with a light wine coloration in good light averaging 1/2" width and pups freely. It is a cv of unknown parentage and many believe it to be Neoregelia/Aechmea hybrid (x Neomea).
The flowering stage may hold the ultimate key factor in the identity of yours.
I obtained a few young unrooted pups of this cultivar late last year. The original pups slowly rooted, but have not grown much. I await the little pups that are now emerging at the base of my plants.
To answer your original question I would leave it as is and give it good sun conditions to maintain the coloration. After other pups are produced, experiment with mounting.
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May 15, 2020 10:52 AM CST
Name: Sherri
Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b)
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Well sometimes the best plants are the ones with no tag Thumbs up Awaiting the flowers.
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