Billbergia in bloom

brom_todd(Melbourne, Australia)March 8, 2009

A while ago I got a few un-named Billbergias to add to my collection (you can never have too many Bills imo). I was very pleased to see one starting to flower about a week ago, so have been keeping a very close eye on them ever since.

This is what the flowering one looked like this morning:

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
blue_heeler

Very nice. My Billbergia Hallelujah is in bloom at the moment too. It is my favourite Billbergia.

    Bookmark   March 8, 2009 at 5:59PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
bromadams(10b)

Todd, is that Muriel Waterman that you have in flower?

    Bookmark   March 8, 2009 at 10:04PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
LisaCLV(HI)

Yup, it's that time of year again! Mine have been going off like crazy the last couple of weeks. This is just the tip of the iceberg:

    Bookmark   March 9, 2009 at 1:48PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
splinter1804

Wow! Lisa, what an eye-catching collection, I'm lost for words to describe them.

All the best, Nev.

    Bookmark   March 9, 2009 at 3:09PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
bromadams(10b)

One billgergia variety that I've had for 3 years and am now on the 3rd generation has finally decided to send out an inflorescence. I guess something finally triggered it, perhaps the colder than normal winter? I have no idea what it is, maybe when it blooms I'll figure it out.

    Bookmark   March 9, 2009 at 3:32PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
gonzer_gw

Here's an 'Orange Sherbert' with some really prominent vertical lines on the petals.
Lisa BTW, outstanding!

    Bookmark   March 9, 2009 at 6:59PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
paul_t23(Coastal Sydney)

Hi everyone - love those Billy pics.

My Domingos Martins finally snuck through just over the last couple of days - thought it wasn't going to make it this year! It all happened so quick.

Day before opening

First day open

Then, second day, nearly all remaining flowers open but camera battery flat !!!! I just had to do something so all the pollen went into the fridge. Now I just have to wait for something to put it on .....

    Bookmark   March 10, 2009 at 4:44AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
splinter1804

Hi Paul,
Nice Bil. Domingos Martins you have there; do you find it difficult to grow?

I held off getting one of these because I was told they were hard and slow to grow in my area, and yet you aren't far from me and yours looks fine.

What are your conditions? Any tips on culture?

All the best, Nev.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2009 at 1:54PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
paul_t23(Coastal Sydney)

Hi Nev, the plant in flower was a pup just emerging from the base of the mother plant in April last year, so from zero to flower in just under a year. Gets direct sun in the morning in a protected spot which heats up pretty quickly, then dappled shade in the afternoon. Splash of balanced NPK fertiliser 1/2 strength every couple of weeks.

Lisa, I keep going back to that photo of yours, and you say thats's the tip of an iceberg! If the rest of it becomes a problem, please push in southwesterly direction.

Cheers, Paul

    Bookmark   March 11, 2009 at 11:04PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
brom_todd(Melbourne, Australia)

Wow! there are some stunning plants out there!
My favourite tends to be the one I've seen most recently ;-)

Bromadams - that's B. 'Breauteana' The bracts are actually more of a red colour, the photo was taken in Autumnal early morning light and I was playing with a lens vignette.
I've got 4-5 clumps, but this is the only one to produce a flower.
I often find our heavy Spring rains seem to trigger many of my Bills into flowering.

Thanks to everyone for sharing - just love those photos.
Cheers, Todd

    Bookmark   March 12, 2009 at 12:29AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
bromadams(10b)

Does anybody think that this might be Billbergia euphemiae var. purpurea? It has an inflorescence coming up so I'll get to see it in flower soon.

Here is a link that might be useful: Billbergia euphemiae var. purpurea

    Bookmark   March 12, 2009 at 7:27AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
how to keep bromelaid til i get home
Hello, a friend gave me bromelaid out of her garden...
drich30099
What to do with these Tillandsias......
Hello, In about 2 weeks I'm heading down south to Florida...
MrBlubs
What type of brom is this?
This bromeliad is fairly large --at least 3 feet in...
Dave in NoVA • 7a • Northern VA
Spanish moss in Fl. oaks, need to know what kind of herbicide to spray
I have a customer that has heavy growth of moss in...
Big Yard Services
ID Please
Another one I lost the tag to,can you please help me...
gardencraze
Sponsored Products
Blooming Prairie Twin-size 2-piece Bedspread Set
Overstock.com
Indian Wells Wreath
$299.00 | FRONTGATE
Crystorama Southport Chandelier - 39W in. Sage & Rose - 4809-SR
$642.60 | Hayneedle
Bloom Egyptian Cotton Sheet Set
$29.99 | zulily
Lenox Butterfly Meadow Tiger Swallow Cup and Saucer - Set of 4 - LNOX692
$71.80 | Hayneedle
Spring Forward Shower Curtain
| Dot & Bo
Jamie Young Flowering Lotus Antique Gold Table Lamp
Lamps Plus
Blooming Prairie Cotton Quilted Pillow Shams (Set of 2)
Overstock.com
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™