I'm excited to share a few pictures of some hybrids that I just registered with the BSI. I know that the pictures will eventually come out on the fcbs site, but I can't wait to share them!
The first one is a cross of Neo. 'Perfect Harmony' x 'Bob Work'. The Neo. burle-marxii ancestry from 'Bob Work' is evident in the whitish spots and streaks. Overall it's kind of an unsusual colored plant. Mature size is about 30 cm. in diameter. One of our local society members suggested the name 'African Queen' and the name stuck.
The second is also a hybrid using Neo. 'Perfect Harmony' as seed parent. Neo 'Sailor's Warning' is the pollen parent. My only hesitation is registering it was to compare mature specimens of 'Sailor's Warning' and my new hybrid. I think that my new hybrid is a fuller plant, with more cherry red (or cheery red!) than 'Sailor's Warning'. It has more green spots and streaking than 'Perfect Harmony', though a bit less then 'Sailor's Warning'. It has striking, dark violet flowers. Mature size is about 30 cm. across. I've had the name 'Sailor's Delight'in mind for it for a couple of years, and that's it's new name.
Here's a close up pic showing the flowers-
Neoregelia hybrids are relatively easy and fun to make. They grow pretty quickly, and you can cull at a fairly early age based on foliage characteristics that you can see early on. Flowering Vrieseas are a lot tougher. They take a lot more time (and space), and you have to grow them all the way to maturity before you see whether you got a good result or not. I started the grex of Vr. 'Eva' x 'Viminalis Rex' about 9 years ago. The first one worth keeping bloomed in August '04. When the second keeper bloomed in November '06, I seriously considered names for both of them. They're both medium sized plants about 60cm. across and blooming to about 50 cm. tall. I think I've posted a picture of this first one before. It has the plain green foliage of the 'Viminalis Rex' and the inflorescence color is heavily influenced by 'Eva'. I've named it Vr. 'Dreamsicle Orange'.
The second one has the maroon-hued foliage of 'Eva' and the branched red inflorescence of 'Viminalis Rex'. I love the contrast of colors! I've named it Vriesea 'Dreamsicle Cherry'. This is a picture of it blooming last August.
I finally created my first web page. You can find a link to it on my member page.