vriesea splendens pup flowering in 6mo?

petrushkaMay 23, 2014

is this unusual for indoor culture?
i got the plant in fl last dec, the pup was just barely 1/2", the plant was in flower at that time.
i kept it indoors in very good early/late sun for 2 mo in fl and then continued here in NYC - kept it on a heat mat for a couple of months, while it was still cold outside and it was next to a window. so it continued to grow very well in warmth and sunlight.
it now gets sev hours of early sunrise and then late afternoon sun. i've been giving it some fertilizer regularly. it's been growing like crazy.
but i expected to have to wait 2-3 years for inflorescence - and am totally surprised to get it just after 6mo!
i am planning to grow in a cluster. and now am curious if there will be more pups ?
i noticed the spike just a week ago - it grew 6" ! in one week.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
splinter1804

Hi everyone,

petrushka - That seems like an amazing rate of growth but then I've never had any experience with growing plants inside; maybe it's the heat mat that did the trick as for years nurserymen have been singing the praises of "bottom heat" for promoting growth.

Keep up the good work.

All the best, Nev.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2014 at 4:57PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
petrushka

the only reason i grow indoors, 'cause i am in the apt :).
so if it were outdoors, is it possible to bloom it so early? after 6mo? i mean with good conditions?
here are the stages:
TOP:1. bought mid-dec 2. pup after 10 days (xmas).
BOTTOM: 3. after a mo (end of jan). 4.another 6 weeks(mid april).

    Bookmark   May 24, 2014 at 6:44PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
hotdiggetydam

The bloom spikes grow very fast and the heat will make them fade faster.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2014 at 1:50AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
petrushka

it was on heat mat only in feb/mar. but it's been getting to 75-77F by the windows on the sunny days a few days a week past month. though i've started to a/c on hot days;).
the 1st spike in FL lasted about 7 weeks in low 70s - it's good enough for me. though of course by tropical standards low 70s is practically winter temps :).
could i expect pups from such a young 6mo pup?

    Bookmark   May 25, 2014 at 11:58AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
petrushka

the stem grew another 3" in a week. doing good i think.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2014 at 7:05PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
hotdiggetydam

that is the flower growing

    Bookmark   May 30, 2014 at 10:02AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
petrushka

now it colored red and is getting much bigger.
it's about 16" to where the cup begins.
so nobody knows if it's normal for it to flower in 6mo strictly indoors?
how about outdoors?

    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 8:37PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
petrushka

since may 15 to now the spike grew to 26.5", red part is 18.5".
it's still growing, but i can see thru the bract flower tubes inside. will start blooming very soon!

    Bookmark   July 9, 2014 at 5:00PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
sunshine_qld

It seems awfully fast as mostly they take 2 yrs to flower.
You must be doing something right.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2014 at 5:55AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
hotdiggetydam

Once the bloom starts they flower quickly and last awile if its not real hot

    Bookmark   July 10, 2014 at 4:50PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
petrushka

the main plant was opening flowers 2 at a time from the bottom - i have for now 13 'pairs'. so that's 2 weeks..
of bloom. and it's a/c'ed luxuriously indoors ;) - so not hot.
i am very pleased with how it developed. now will be looking for pups.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2014 at 8:16PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Bert in a basket
I have an Ae Bert that I would like to plant in an...
dogboy27
ID Please
I'm guessing this is a bromiliad I got it from an...
Biinaboo, Zone 10, Naples, Gulf Coast
ID help for a couple of things at Harry P. Leu Gardens in Orlando
I was at Leu Gardens earlier this week and, among a...
gdadtravelinig
Pitcairnia bloom or more leaves?
I've only been growing this plant for a year.
anygreen
ID please
PAnother blooming that needs ID Thanx Carmen
gardencraze
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™