We are looking forward to some finer weather in Autumn. The Neoregelia Minis have particularly suffered with constant rainy days without any sun & haven't gained their usual lovely colours. We have taken them off our sale list temporarily till we have built up numbers again & they are also showing better colour.
The section on Bromeliad Information has been finalised & added to our website. Main titles are History including Australia, Taxonomy, Appearance, Habitat & Life Cycle, Propagation, Potting Mix, Diseases & Pests, Cultivation of the Different Genera & Landscaping with Bromeliads. We hope you find this extra information useful. Cultivation of additional genera will be added as Newsletter Information.
Testimonials also now 'rotate on most pages'
The March Wavell Heights Bromeliad Extravaganza Sale was once again a resounding success. See photo below. The next one is 13th-14th October 2012.
FULL SUN BROMELIADS: For this Newsletter we have decided to include a list of 'Full Sun Bromeliads' that was compiled in 2002 by Moyna Price for the Newsletter of the Bromeliad Society of South Florida. Its is a good starting point to learn about the more sun hardy of the bromeliad family. However, the article does conclude by saying that most bromeliads appreciate some protection for part of the day. It also depends on the climate - some bromeliads that are fine in sun in the tropics (where humidity lessens the effect of the heat), will bleach out on very hot summer days in sub tropical or temperate zones.
Here are some of the experts' suggestions for full-sun bromeliads:
Large: Aechmea blanchetiana, Aechmea eurycorymbus, Aechmea mexicana (also the albomarginated form), Aechmea bracteata (all forms), Aechmea mulfordii, Aechmea rubens, Aechmea 'Little Harv', Aechmea chantinii (black form), Aechmea 'Samurai', Alcantarea vinicolor (tougher than imperialis, ) Alcantarea imperialis, Alcantarea regina, Androlepis skinneri, Hohenbergia castellanosii, Portea petropolitana (both var. petropolitana and var. extensa, the more common one)
Medium: Aechmea pectinata, Aechmea ornata, Ananus bracteatus, Ananus comosus, Neoregelia cruenta, Neoregelia johannis, Neoregelia compacta, Neoregelia macwilliamsii, Neoregelia marmorata, Quesnelia testudo, Quesnelia arvensis, Wittrockia superba
Small: Aechmea recurvata var. ortgiesii Neoregelia olens Neoregelia 'Fireball' Orthophytum gurkenii Orthophytum navioides Orthophytum burle-marxii Most Dyckias and Hechtias (they'll require more frequent watering). The genus Pitcairnia is usually very sun-tolerant.
The plants in the above list are the most readily available. More uncommon species, also recommended, are:
Aechmea callichroma, Aechmea mariae-reginae, Aechmea beeriana, Aechmea bromeliifolia, Aechmea aquilega, Aechmea castelnavii, Aechmea distichantha var. schlumbergeri, Aechmea lingulata, Aechmea phanerophlebia, Aechmea tocantina, Hohenbergia stellata, Neoregelia sarmentosa, Neoregelia tigrina, Neoregelia bahiana, xNeotanthus 'Cardboard', Portea leptantha, Orthophytum magalhaesii, Orthophytum maracasense, Orthophytum rubrum.
Steve Correale, who grows and sells tillandsias, suggests the following for the full-sun treatment: Tillandsia fasciculata, capitata, chiapensis, streptophylla, xerographica, concolor, tricholepis, bulbosa, caput-medusae, ionantha (all forms), stricta, vernicosa, disticha, didisticha. And don't forget Tillandsia usneoides! As with other genera, if your tillandsias have been growing in the shade, move them to direct sun in the fall or winter.
To sum up: If you can provide your plants with a little shade, even from a nearby palm or your patio screen, they'll thank you. If they're going to be in full sun from sunrise to sunset, get them established in the winter. Otherwise, be prepared for at least a little bleaching.
(Thanks to the following who provided suggestions: Harvey Bullis, Nat DeLeon, Lynne Fieber, Peter Kouchalakos, Sandy Roth and Virginia Schrenker.)
Wavell Heights Bromeliad Show March 2012
Bob & True Grant
Wholesaale Bromeliads of Australia