Hallelujah - all a glow

brom-nutterDecember 22, 2008

Billbergia Hallelujah catching the sun this afternoon.

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hotdiggetydam

I have alot of bill's starting to bloom here too

    Bookmark   December 22, 2008 at 8:23AM
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lsuave_cito_yahoo_com

Lovely! I have a few of these. They all have very nice 'plumage' but no pups or blooms. They get filtered light, about 3000 foot candles.
Can you offer advice on getting blooms?

Thanx

    Bookmark   April 29, 2011 at 1:42PM
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hotdiggetydam

Very bright indirect light all day. Most of these bloom in late winter for me.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2011 at 2:17PM
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splinter1804

Hi everyone,

Nice plants "Brom-Nutter"; yes it's an "oldie" but a "goodie". Bred in 1988 by Don Beadle it's still an all time favourite with bromeliad growers and is still capable of winning show prizes when well grown.

I was told by a prominant brom grower here in Australia to hang it about 18" below your shade cloth (preferably 75% Beige colour) for the best colour. I've done this and the improvement in colour is truly amazing. He said that colour can be improved in any Billbergia by applying Potash a couple of times (at the recommended strength) a couple of months prior to the usual flowering time.

He also recommended using potash to bring back the colour in plants which had lost their colour due to being fed with a high nitrogen fertilizer. I've tried this and know it works also.

All the best, Nev.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2011 at 5:00PM
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houstonpat(9a)

For non-terrestrials, what is a good source of liquid potash?

    Bookmark   May 4, 2011 at 5:06PM
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splinter1804

Hi everyone,

Houstonpat, I just use a granular type and sprinkle about 1 teaspoonful around the top of the mix in a 5" pot. I then cover it with a bit of mix so it doesn't get washed out when watering.

I've also been told there is a better liquid form which is much purer and used by hydroponic gardeners and available in hydroponic supply stores.

All the best, Nev.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2011 at 12:40AM
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hotdiggetydam

AGgrand makes a liquid. Should be a supplier in your area Pat

    Bookmark   May 5, 2011 at 10:47AM
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houstonpat(9a)

Thanks y'all. I got the granular. It's supposed to be water soluable so I'll try a diluted both ways.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2011 at 5:54PM
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splinter1804

Hi everyone,

Hallelujah also looks good if allowed to clump up.

All the best, Nev.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2011 at 5:21PM
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