I've got a Holy Grail : Werauhia kupperiana

stephaniaJune 27, 2007

Due to some previous posts, I've openned my eyes for this brom for awhile

and finally, I got one from a collection of Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden

in Pattaya, a well-known tourist attraction of my country.

Actually, this must be credited for our good friend, Lisa, because these beautiful specimens

came from Lisa via my friend, Mr. Anders Lindstrom, the curator of NNTBG

who had visited Lisa's garden in Hawaii years ago.

I was selecting a nice one.

Finally, got this one back to my home (^_^)

Love its nice patterns.

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mike4284m(z10b Ft. Lauderdale, FL)

My favorite. Those are beautiful. I wonder how long till my seedlngs are that size . . . I'll have to post an updated picture this afternoon.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2007 at 9:05AM
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bob740(zone 6 ,NY)

Lucky you,Stephania,
That's a very nice selection you made. That leaf close-up
reminded me of little green pollywogs swimming in pond water. Lisa's plants are making a difference all around our world. Seems like you are being gradually converted into the rest of the bromeliad genera ? You're going to need more space! ;-))

    Bookmark   June 27, 2007 at 12:25PM
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I'm glad you got one, Stephania, but they're not spiny!

Nice to see my babies are doing well. I'm trying to think when he got those....... maybe 3 years ago? They were all 2" pot seedlings then, and they've still got a lot of growing to do.

The markings remind me of tadpoles too, Bob. Or maybe something else that you might see under a microscope, attempting to fertilize an egg......... ;-)

    Bookmark   June 27, 2007 at 3:21PM
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Ha...Ha...Haaa..Lisa !
Yes..I just watched the National Geographic 'The Womb Week' and I definitely agree.

BTW, I'ld like to know what kind of mix you grow your Werahia in HI, Lisa.
Here Mr Anders uses only coconut husk. I think I will change to be pumice, any idea?

    Bookmark   June 28, 2007 at 1:22AM
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Doesn't pumice dry out the mix, Stephania? In our cactus and succulent group they recommend adding it if you have a problem with things rotting in wet areas. I've used it for Aloes, but never for broms. I want the media to stay moist. I've even tried straight peat substrate on the Werauhias and it was fine, but usually I just use our regular mix, which is 6 parts black cinders to 2 parts perlite, 1 part peat and 1 part vermiculite.

I know other people that are using coir (coconut fiber) and they like it better than peat. I guess you don't really need to add anything to it.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2007 at 3:07AM
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