A dramatic blooming of my Hechtia glauca!

stephaniaFebruary 1, 2008

LOL (^_^) I thought this giant spiny should be a great bloomer,

but it appears to be quite in conflict with the plant size.

Hechtia is among a few bromeliads which have male and female plant or dioecious.

Actually, I did hope this plant is a male, so I could cross it

with a blooming female Hechtia rosea, but it appears to be the same, female :-(

Anyway, I may try to cross them with some Dyckias.

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LisaCLV(HI)

That's not what I was expecting either, Chanin!

I have one that has never bloomed. I don't know if it's male or female, in fact I didn't even know they were dioecious. Is there any other dimorphism in the plant, or do the males and females look the same apart from the flower?

    Bookmark   February 1, 2008 at 5:40PM
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stephania

Hi Lisa, sure a male plant look more muscular LOL ;-))

I think only the flower part that is different. I heard Achmea mariae-reginae
and Androlepis skinneri are dioecious too.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2008 at 7:13PM
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LisaCLV(HI)

Yeah, I know about the Aechmea and Androlepis, and some people swear they can tell the difference between the male and female plants just by the foliage. I don't know if that's true because I only have females.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2008 at 11:18PM
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hotdiggetydam

I don't think they can tell the difference on skinneri without a bloom and recently I discovered there are 4 clones of this plant. All the foliage is a bit different on each clone

    Bookmark   February 3, 2008 at 12:07PM
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stephania

Some of my friends have kept Hechtia glauca too, but I found their plants produced
quite a lot of pups, while mine never. Would it be the difference?!
Anyhow, those plants have never bloomed.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2008 at 7:43PM
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LisaCLV(HI)

What, you mean real men don't pup? ;-)

    Bookmark   February 3, 2008 at 8:13PM
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stephania

LOL..In this case, I guess that the female plant can reproduce by seed,
so she need no pup, while male plant has to be the puppier.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2008 at 11:26PM
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sdandy

Hmmm, thought this looked funny. I just looked up the paper that Utley & Utley described the species. They wrote that the plant is a terminal bloomer not a lateral bloomer. Something seems a bit fishy. Let us know when it blooms again. This seems like an anomalous bloom.
-andy

    Bookmark   July 12, 2010 at 10:11PM
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