Houseplants forum: Billbergia bloom show & the frogs that love them

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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Mar 30, 2017 7:54 AM CST
I see sweet little frogs in these Billbergias often. This is the smallest one yet! About the size of a small grape.
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4 inflorescences forming!


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Christine
Mar 31, 2017 7:27 AM CST
He's a cutie Green Grin! I love frog's Thumbs up I forgot to mention how healthy your blooms are LOL
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Name: Sally
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sallyg
Mar 31, 2017 8:13 AM CST
Tiffany, I set a medium queens tears on my deck last year and we were all delighted to find several of those little grey frogs made a home it in. They'd come out at night and climb up by the light to hunt bugs. Be sure I will have the plant there again, plus its big sister nearby. The big one spent last summer growing, and has had about a dozen blooms over winter.
Not sure what I will overwinter next year after they both grow again Blinking Blinking Maybe I will split off some babies of the medium, before I get her potted for summer. The new little rosettes made a neat small plant in its own right.
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Mar 31, 2017 1:05 PM CST
TYVM, Christine!

Sally, so sweet! If you are able to get a pic later, I'd love to see your frogs!!

These plants do keep multiplying. I got both B. nutans and 'Foster's Striate' in trade a few yrs ago & have started sharing extra already. ;)

These blooms are forming FAST!
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sallyg
Mar 31, 2017 5:31 PM CST
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Of course, we has to pick them up. Funny how they change from green to grey

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purpleinopp
Apr 1, 2017 6:00 AM CST
Awwww, so sweet!!!!
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sallyg
Apr 3, 2017 9:33 AM CST
Queen Mother and 'princesses'
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It was hard to weed out any of my many frog pics
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sallyg
Apr 4, 2017 4:56 PM CST
Queen Mother and 'princesses'
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It was hard to weed out any of my many frog pics
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Apr 5, 2017 4:41 PM CST
So cute! Some kind of surprisingly small frog was trying to keep us awake last night. He was on a windowsill on the outside, not in a Billbergia. LOL!

This is happening!

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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Jan 10, 2018 5:04 PM CST
Luckily I have more of these inside. The flowers happen SO fast & the blooms on these 2 individuals were beyond their prime when I had a chance to get into greenhouse Monday. When I had time to take pics yesterday, it was hardly worth doing, but I wanted to recognize how early these blooms happened this year, but I think this is only my 3rd year getting blooms, so it's not much of a history yet.

Queen's tears already bloomed, I think all of the ones that will this season.

Are any others seeing early blooming on these this year?

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Name: Kristi
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pod
Jan 10, 2018 8:38 PM CST
I have the B. windii aka Angels Tears and it always blooms this time of year.

Have you noticed what time of year your Queens Tears have bloomed in the past?

Thinking they call yours Queens Tears because the Queen will cry when she sees she missed those pretty blooms. Whistling
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Jan 11, 2018 3:14 PM CST
LOL! I would never think of myself as a queen amid all the time @ work, laundry, cooking, general mundane-ness, but I did wonder about the origin of that nickname.

Looking back @ my pics, I've usually seen B. nutans blooms in Feb. and 'Foster's Striate' in April. I don't think I have B. windii. The pics of it in the database are gorgeous! And the dates on them range all through the year.

Maybe the question about early or late blooms is not even a valid one.
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Name: Kristi
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pod
Jan 11, 2018 10:44 PM CST
There is nothing about your life that suggests mundane-ness. Whistling You live amongst the exotic tropical plants and commune with plant life on their level. Of course, the Queen can shed tears now and again.

Wondering if the database photos are added when in bloom or rather when we get a chance to post them.

On the blooms I've notice some broms seem to have a set schedule, some are a bit more erratic. My favorites are the ones that are long lasting. The fast bloomers do make me rather sad.
Thanks much for the acorns dear. That is so sweet. Lovey dubby
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Name: Sally
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sallyg
Jan 12, 2018 7:29 AM CST
I've had queens tears for 4- 5 years, as it grew, I divided to get smaller pots, and let some grow big. A big one or two go on the deck for summer, for the frogs. My plan for now is to keep starting a small one to grow up, and let the biggest, heaviest go over winter. Anyhoo, it seems like I have had blooms over winter and over summer, sort of randomly.
You all probably know about the dripping nectar (tears?)

I might get the next clearance Aechmea or other bigger Bromeliad I see on the clearance rack and see if it's as faithful as QT.
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Jan 12, 2018 11:46 AM CST
Interesting! I love a plant that just blooms whenever it feels like it as much as one that blooms reliably at some time!

Kristi, TYVM! The date the pic was taken (or last edited) is the one the database uses when uploading, by default, and can be edited.

Sally, no I don't know and need to hear more about the nectar thing, please!
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Name: Sally
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sallyg
Jan 12, 2018 4:06 PM CST
The flowers make tiny clear nectar droplets. You might notice a few sticky spots under the plant after it blooms. It doesn't bother me at all when outside, but if the plant is in, some people might want to know that, so it doesn't drip on furniture.(But I suspect, most people who have a plant like this, don't care about fancy furniture..)

Here's a youtube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

The one I grow has much wider leaves and drooping bloomspikes
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Jan 13, 2018 7:05 AM CST
Fascinating! TYVM! I have never noticed this. More buds are forming, I'll pay more attention to the next blooms if I can get to them at the time. Plants are locked away in greenhouse again until next weekend.
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Jan 24, 2018 4:45 PM CST
This is forming on an inside individual.

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Name: Sally
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sallyg
Jan 24, 2018 6:00 PM CST
yay!
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Feb 7, 2018 9:47 AM CST
B. nutans blooms happen so fast! I missed the first one here, it's already faded but the one @ the bottom was at its' peak when I noticed it.
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