queens tears won't bloom

susang84February 11, 2014

I have had a queens tears for about 5 years now. It has gone from being a 6 inch plant I bought on sale from a mag. to having leaves around 3 feet in length and has 4 pups right now that are not quite big enough to separate. I have yet to see it bloom. I have it planted in a cactus mix with vermiculite added.

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hotdiggetydam

That is odd if the plant is QT. They usually bloom several times a year when naturalized in one place and not moved.

    Bookmark   February 12, 2014 at 9:37AM
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susang84

Do you think I should try and add some of my left over orchid mix?

    Bookmark   February 15, 2014 at 9:42AM
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hotdiggetydam

Do you have a photo of the plant?

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 7:25AM
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susang84

this is the plant.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 1:11PM
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susang84

I like how it seems the bands of color become more prominate as the plant gets older.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 1:14PM
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hotdiggetydam

susang I don't think your plant is QT. I beleive its a form of Aechmea fasciata. If not fasciata I am sure its an Aechmea. QT is a Billbergia nutans with much thinner leaves and usually spotted or solid green. QT has a pendulas bloom while fasciata has an upright large bloom. Fasciata is pictured on the main page of the bromeliad forum upper right of the page. A search of FCBS.org will get you many photos of many bromleliads

    Bookmark   February 20, 2014 at 5:25AM
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susang84

I don't know why it posted sideways. The Aechmea fasciata is dead on it looks except for the leaves. Do they get trimmed back?

    Bookmark   February 20, 2014 at 11:28AM
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susang84

I don't know why it posted sideways. The Aechmea fasciata is dead on it looks except for the leaves. Do they get trimmed back?

    Bookmark   February 20, 2014 at 8:45PM
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splinter1804

susang - I have to agree with HDD your plant definitely isn't Bill. nutans (Queens Tears). It looks to me like Aechmea fasciata that's been grown in insufficient light, hence the long thin leaves.

To see what Bill nutans (Queens Tears) looks like, go to the FCBS Photo index and look under Billbergia species.

The pic attached shows Aechmea fasciata growing in good light in my garden.

All the best, Nev.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2014 at 12:54AM
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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

Here are Aechmea faciata with less light than splinters but a bit more light than yours. Summers on the south side of a west facing porch and are in an east facing window in winter. I'm about 43 degrees North latitude.

tj

    Bookmark   March 4, 2014 at 7:04PM
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susang84

Look who finally decided to bloom.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2014 at 10:14AM
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gosalsk

Obviously it's a Billbergia after all, though I wouldn't try to guess which one.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2014 at 10:32AM
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janartmuse

Close-up of the flowers themselves? The bract looks a lot like that on my quesnalia marmorata, but the flowers themselves look like they are different, and the foliage is banded rather than spotted.

You might repost with an i.d. question, since that's now what this is....

Congratulations on the bloom!

    Bookmark   August 21, 2014 at 12:33PM
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splinter1804

Hi everyone

Susan - Showing a picture of a flower makes all the difference.

I think your plant is Billbergia kuhlmannii. If you get onto the FCBS Photo Index and go to the species index I think you'll see this is your plant.

When you look closely at the flowers you will see they are different to the usual Billbergia flowers. These flowers are commonly referred to as âÂÂwatch springâ or âÂÂhelicoidâ because the petals are recoiled in a tight helicoid spiral (coiled several times like a watch spring) when the flower is fully open.

All the best, Nev.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2014 at 3:19AM
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