Is this a bromeliad?

haxuan(Vietnam)November 24, 2008

I grow this plant from a 'pup'. Now it has clumped very well and bloom. Please help me identify the plant so that I can care for it more properly.

Whole plant in 8" pot:

Tiny white bloom between the leaves near the crown:

Many thanks for your advice.

Xuan (from Vietnam)

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hotdiggetydam

Orthophytum .........could be maracasense

    Bookmark   November 25, 2008 at 12:22AM
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LisaCLV(HI)

Looks like O. saxicola to me.

    Bookmark   November 25, 2008 at 2:20AM
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lyndi_whye

I have the same plant from Thailand and Chanin identified it as Orthophytum saxicola var. aloifolium.

    Bookmark   November 25, 2008 at 2:59AM
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udo69

Like Lisa and Lyndi said. It is Orthophytum saxicola var. aloifolium as Chanin previously mentioned.

    Bookmark   November 25, 2008 at 5:42AM
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haxuan(Vietnam)

Thank you. So it's a brom? Then I should plant it in soil-less mix? Or just let it be like it has been? Should I divide it now?

I have so many questions because seeing the plant in this stage I don't want to eventually lose it due to not knowing how to care for it properly.

Please help me more.

Xuan

    Bookmark   November 25, 2008 at 7:31PM
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hotdiggetydam

Treat like a crptanthus it will be happy

    Bookmark   November 25, 2008 at 7:44PM
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LisaCLV(HI)

I'd give it a lot more sun than a Cryptanthus. That will bring out the bronzy color. Orthophytums are terrestrial bromeliads, so they need their roots in some kind of media, not necessarily garden soil. They can take a fair amount of water as long as the soil mix is well-drained.

You can divide it if you want to make more, but this species is a natural clumper. Just cut away any dry, bloomed-out rosettes and it will probably fill in the bare spaces fairly quickly.

    Bookmark   November 25, 2008 at 11:14PM
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haxuan(Vietnam)

Many thanks, lisa. Your advice is very helpful. I'm now more confident about what to do next with this plant.

Xuan

    Bookmark   November 26, 2008 at 12:19AM
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hotdiggetydam

Dont let it dry out during growing season...same as cryptathus

    Bookmark   November 26, 2008 at 7:44AM
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haxuan(Vietnam)

Thank you, hotdiggetydam. Will remember that.

Xuan

    Bookmark   November 26, 2008 at 9:30AM
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