Saturday, October 24, 2009

Generation next

After blooming, my tillandsias and cryptanthus are now producing pups.
T. bulbosa.

T. butzii.

T. caput medusa purple.

T. pauciflora.

Although the mother plants will eventually wilt, these young ones will replace them. There's already signs of decay in the aeranthos mother plant.

This one, ionantha rubra came with a pup when I purchased it but has continued to produce two more. Perhaps the mother plant had bloomed while still with the seller.

Let's see how long it will take for these off-springs to reach blooming stage.
Down below in their pots, the cryptanthus are also producing off-shoots as well.
Cryptanthus elaine.

Cryptanthus waterfall.

I really like their leaf patterns. Hopefully I will have more of them to start a bromeliad landscape soon.


Stephanie said...

Oh yes, cryptanthus grows quite fast. I have one black cryp and have given away one off-shoot and now it is growing out two more. I have not gotten a till yet. I felt happy for you for your collection and even can plan on a bromeliad landscape. So far I have only one crypthantus and one guzmania. Due to my small garden, I think I could only grow one for each bromeliad species. Happy planning!

Hà Xuân said...

Thanks, Steph. Bromeliads are quite easy and so beautiful, especially the neoregelias. Can't wait until I have enough plants for my brom bed.

mr_subjunctive said...

There was a discussion at PATSP a while ago about whether Tillandsias necessarily *had* to die back after flowering -- I left you a comment on your Tillandsia cyanea post but never heard back from you about it. Those people who had had T. cyaneas go through the bloom cycle said that they didn't recall ever seeing a whole rosette die while producing offsets. I think I have maybe even seen the same rosette reflower the following year.

My point being that I'm wondering if the aeranthos plant is dying back because it's flowered, or for some other reason. We had lots of air plants where I used to work, and they usually sold while flowering so I'm not sure I've ever seen the full story of what happens after they flower, but I never saw one begin to die back while we had them.

Also, I've never seen Cryptanthus 'Waterfall' before. Very cool. And I agree completely about Neoregelias.

lynn'sgarden said...

Ha Xuan, that cryptanthus elaine is gorgeous! You certainly have a way with those tillies, too! Looking forward to seeing your brom. bed ;)

Hà Xuân said...

Thanks, Mr Subjunctive. I might have overlooked your comment on my post re. Tillandsia cyanea. I will go back and check.
I agree that my T. cyanea seems not to have die back after it flowered last year. The mother plant stayed together with the pups but I didn't see it producing new flower scape, though.
Re my T. aeranthos, I suspected it was rotting away and I tried to pull its leaves. But the leaves were still attached firmly to the base... so I really don't know whether it's dying or not.
I had a T. bulbosa which flowered and produced pups and stayed on for two years now.
So maybe the "dying back of the mother plants" of bromeliads is just a myth???
Thanks, Lynn, for dropping by. I checked your blog but finally learnt that you were away in California.

mr_subjunctive said...

Well, I know some bromeliads definitely do die back. But it doesn't appear to be true for Tillandsia, I'm thinking.