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Contents of Newsletter

  • Notices
  • Report on the June Meeting.
  • Popular Vote Competition Winners.
  • Upcoming Events.
  • 2022 Meeting Information.

Editor: Maxim Wilson

Order for general meeting has changed 

7pm Meetings start with an Information Session.

7.20pm General Business.

7.30pm Guest Speaker.

8.15pm Plant of the Month.

8.30pm Supper.

9pm    Competition results & Raffle.

9.30pm Meeting Closes.

Committee is looking for ideas for topics and guest speakers for coming meetings. 
Also if any member is interested in giving a talk/presentation on a topic of interest.

July/August Meetings

Meeting 21st July, 2022 Meeting 19th August, 2022.
Info Session – Seed raising for Tillandsias with John Olsen. Info Session –Photography- how to take good photos of plants with John Smits.
Guest Speaker – Doug Binns. Guest Speaker – Bruce Dunstan.
Topic – Broms in Habitat in Brazil. Topic – Tillandsias in Habitat.
Plant of the Month – Hohenbergia with John Smits Plant of the Month – Spring flowering Tillandsias with John Olsen.
Plant Competition: MiniShow (see schedule below) Plant Competition: Popular Vote (see below)

Information Session: Common Pests By Rob Murray.
Scale: there are two forms, hard and soft.
Hard scale is black, is called FlySpeck scale, is spread
by touch and wind and is hard to eliminate.

Soft scale is common on the underside of leaves.
Control of scale  options:
remove by hand, or chemical insecticides. If you are lucky,
lady beetles and parasitic wasps eat them.
Mealy bugs are oval soft-bodied insects, 1-3mm size.

Grasshoppers chew large holes in the leaves of our broms,
especially  vrieseas and tillandsias.

imidacloprid is preferred, was sold as Confidor in Bunnings, then as Conguard (Searles) until Bunnings went “green” a couple of years ago and took many chemical insecticides off their shelves. 
I believe it was in response to a campaign on social media, somewhat misinformed.
We were told the Mitre Ten stores now stock Conguard.
Spectrum 200SC contains imidacloprid but cost $65 for 1L. at Fernland at Yandina. 

RICHGRO Bug Killa is granular imidacloprid at Bunnings for $12.90 which can be
dissolved in water for spraying. But why bother when the solution is available?
The Australian bush Turkey can play havoc with our potted broms.
Slugs and snails (Gastropoda) cause irregular holes in leaves.
Control needs to reduce moisture, keep areas clean, use baits and pellets.
Rodents and possums: control with baits and traps.
Overview of Treatments:

Rob discussed the pros and cons of pesticides:

Many thanks Rob for helping us to control pests in our bromeliads.

Guest Speaker: Gillian Coombes on Gardening Products.
Gillian helps market Searles products. She is a qualified horticulturist, with 40 years in the business, as a speaker, writer and trainer. She is a Member of the Horticulture Media Association.
Jillian marketed for Stockade Nurseries, working with Bruce Dunstan for 7 years. 
Jillian gave an animated presentation, with entertaining exchanges with the audience, especially one ‘naughty boy’! 
Confidor was a popular insecticide once marketed by Bunnings.
Jillian asserted Bunnings went ‘green’ and removed it from ther shelves a couple of years ago. It contains amidicloprid available as Conguard by Searles. 
Roundup all purpose weed killer contained glycophosphate, present in Searles Dead Weed. Jillian warns that the chlorine in our water supply degrades dissolved insecticides, so best use a fresh solution every time. It won’t keep.
Jillian advises storing chemicals in a plastic container, to prevent leakage to the environment. 
Used chemicals can be returned to the Brisbane City Council for disposal.
Jillian recommended ‘calibrating our sprays’. Calculate how many ml of your solution will cover 1 square meter. This will guide you just how much solution you will need for a task, and minimize waste.
Jillian introduced Searles Native Food, in granules (like Osmocote).

Flourish is Searles soluble Fertiliser, used it for foliar fertilizing.
Searles produce Orchid Specialty mix which is the editor's favorite for potting bromeliads.
Many thanks, Jillian, for an entertaining presentation.

Plant of the Month: Orthophytum with Christine Malone.
Christine is a trainee bromeliad judge and entered an Orthophytum
in our last Autumn Show and was awarded an Award of Merit.

The name comes from the Greek ortho (straight) and phytum (plant),
refers to the lengthening of the stem during flowering,
rather than development of a distinct inflorescence.
There are 65 species at present.
Origin: from central and northern Brazil.
Lifespan is 2-3 years, and produce many offsets.
In habitat, they prefer constant moisture, and like 17-20°C.
Cultivation requires bright light to bring out the red colour.
Here is Orthophytum ‘Robert Menescal’ which won
a purple ribbon for Christine at our Autumn Show.

With brighter light, it would be red:

In these photos of Orthophytum glabrum

the plant on the left was green in the shade house, and is deep red after three months in full winter sun. 
The plant on the right is from the shade house, but after Christine’s talk, I’ll leave it in the sun (editor).
Sincoraea: in 2016, 10 Orthophytum species were separated to a new genus, Sincoraea. Here is a link to Sincoraea:

Christine used the Brom Connect article to prepare this talk.
Many thanks Christine for your excellent presentation. 

Problem Plant
The editor brought along xAnamea ‘Scorpio’ with an aging fruit (pineapple) that had collapsed.
I wanted advice on preserving all plantlets.

It has 8 offsets at the top of the fruit, and a larger offset In an axil of the body of the plant.
Barb Murray advised separating the small offsets and planting them in appropriate mix.
Barry Kable suggested carefully cutting the pineapple from the small offsets,
and place the bundle of pups in spaghnum moss until roots appear. Then pot the offsets.

Popular Vote winners:
1st Dyckia seedling by Pam Butler.

2nd Racinaea dyeriana by Alfonso Trudu.

3rd Orthophytum ‘Warren Loose’ by Barry Kable.

1st Guzmania wittmackii by Peter Ball.

=2nd Tillandsia stricta by Steve Molnar.

=2nd Dyckia estevesii by Gilda Trudu.

3rd Tillandsia cacticola large form by Gilda Trudu.

1st xSincoregelia ‘Cosmic Blast’ by John Williamson.

2nd Tillandsia ionantha by Robert Reitano,

3rd Goudaea ‘Smudge Bob’ by John Williamson.

Decorative Display:
1st Living Wreath by Gilda Trudu.

2nd Jack Can Crack by Alfonso Trudu.

3rd Christmas in June by Gilda Trudu.

  • The revised edition of Starting with Bromeliads is now available for purchase at $20 per copy.

Upcoming Events
New Growers Sessions are held monthly
on the first or second Saturday of the month.

9 to 11am at Pam Butler’s place. Next meeting 
6th august .Topic: Pitcairnia, Quesnelia, Canistrum and Ananas
Anyone wishing to attend, contact Pam at 0423173859 or
RSVP is required.

The EKKA is on 6-18 August, and Denise Ball will oversee our display. Denise will need members to supply plants. Further details to come.

Volunteers BBQ will be held Saturday, 21st August at Pam Butler’s home. 

Spring Show 24/25 September will be at
Genesis Christian College, Bray Park.

Broms in The Bay Show and Sales will be on 27/28th August at
Kondari Resort, Hervey Bay. email

The next Tillandsia Workshop will be Sunday 20th November at
Kedron Wavell RSL Club. Don’t miss out, numbers are limited.
Register at Try Booking

Peter Tristram of Repton, NSW, is relocating, not closing down.

Growing from seed.
Steve Molnar maintains the seed bank.
He wants to hear from people interested in growing from seed.
If so, what would you like to grow?
Please donate seed to the seed bank? 

Tillandsia Study Group
Next meeting 9am, Sunday 14th August.
Those wishing to attend,
RSVP Pam Butler at

During COVID, library services have been reduced.
These were re-instated but at a reduced level in February.
 Books will be available for sale from those provided in the library area. There will also be a loan facility which will provide books for loan for a one month period. A catalogue will be available on the society website.
Books can be ordered for collection at a meeting.
Books must be returned at the following monthly meeting.

2022 Meeting Information

Meeting Show Schedule

Month Show
Popular Vote - any genus species and hybrids + novelty bromeliad display.
February Mini Show Class 1- Aechmea species & hybrids.
Class 2- Vriesea species & hybrids.
Class 3- Dyckia species & Hybrids.
Class 4- any other flowering bromeliad or hybrid. 
Class 5 - species.
March Popular Vote – any genus species and hybrids + novelty bromeliad display
April Mini Show
Class 1 – Bromelioideae not listed elsewhere in Schedule, species & Hybrids
(Acanthostachys, Ananas, Androlepis, Araeococcus, Bromelia, Canistropsis, Canistrum, Edmundoa, Fascicularia, Hohenbergia, Hohenbergiopsis, Neoglaziovia, Nidularium, Ochagavia, Orthophytum, Portea, Quesnelia, Ursulaea, Wittrockia)
Class 2 – Guzmania species and hybrids
Class 3 – Pitcairnia species and hybrids
Class 4 – any other flowering bromeliad species and hybrids
Class 5 – species
May Popular Vote – any genus species and hybrids + novelty bromeliad display
June Popular Vote – any genus species and hybrids + novelty bromeliad display
July Mini Show
Class 1 – Billbergia
Class 2 – Tillandsioideae not listed elsewhere in Schedule, species & hybrids (Alcantarea, Catopsis, Mezobromelia, Racinaea, Werauhia)
Class 3 – Neoregelia up to 200mm diameter when mature, species & hybrids
Class 4 – any other flowering bromeliad species and hybrids
Class 5 – species
August Popular Vote – any genus species and hybrids + novelty bromeliad display
September Popular Vote – any genus species and hybrids + novelty bromeliad display
October Mini Show
Class 1 – Neoregelia over 200mm diameter when mature, species & hybrids
Class 2 – Tillandsia species & hybrids
Class 3 – Pitcairnioideae not listed elsewhere in Schedule, species & hybrids
(Brocchinioideae, Lindmanioideae, Hechtioideae (= Hechtia), Puyoideae (= Puya), Navioideae, Pitcairnioideae (= Deuterocohnia, Encholirium, Fosterella)
Class 4 – any other flowering bromeliad species & hybrids
Class 5 – species
November Popular Vote – any genus species and hybrids + novelty bromeliad display
December No Meeting

Plant of the Month Schedule and Meeting Dates

Month Date Plant
January 17th no meeting.
February 17th Tillandsia.
March 17th AGM Alcantarea.
April 21st Cryptanthus.
May 19th Vrieseas.
June 16th Orthophytum.
July 21st Hohenbergia
August 18th Spring flowering Tillandsias & Wallisia.
September 15th Nidularium.
October 20th Guzmania.
November 17th  
December 3rd TBC Christmas Party
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