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  • Report of March Meeting
  • Programme for April and May meetings.
  • Coming Events
    • Bromeliad & Tropicals Show & Sales 21-22nd April
    • Patron's Day 6 May at the Olive Branch
    • BSI World Congress in San Diego 29 May to 3 June 2018
  • Results of Popular Vote
Editor: Rob Murray and Maxim Wilson

The Meeting started with the Information Session with Barry Kable on Potting Mixes.
Barry prepares his potting mixes, stores them in polystyrene boxes with lids so they are ready for use for a period of time.
His basic potting mix is a combination of small and medium sized bark pieces and perlite.
He also has a prepared mix of sphagnum moss which he hydrates by soaking in water and then allows the mix to dry out until when squeezed with the hand firmly only a few drops of water escape.
This mix is also stored in a firmly sealed polystyrene box. He notes when using the moss as a mix that it can be loosely or firmly packed into the pot. For some growers the loosely packed moss retains water longer which is detrimental to their growing style, but the same is true of tightly packed pots which may dehydrate because of the grower’s conditions. This mix is for plants that like water, for example Cryptanthus.
Barry puts gravel on the top of the mix to prevent the growth of moss and fungi on the surface of the mix. Barry also warned members that if the mix dries out completely,  it is difficult to rehydrate. The pot needs to be weighted down and inserted into a bucket of water for a few hours. (Alan Phythian noted that a couple of drops of dishwashing liquid will speed up the rehydration time).
Barry also has a prepared mix of peat moss and perlite which he uses, as this mix also retains water. Peat moss is easily prepared by putting into a container and pouring boiling water onto it and mixing together or putting the mix and water into a microwave for 2 minutes on High (which will sterilize the moss). This can be used for seed raising.
He also uses diatomacous earth in one of his mixes.
Barry loves to experiment with mixes. He is currently using clay balls in see through containers so that he can see the root formations, and other changes.
One plant has been growing strongly for 2 years in this mix.
Barry stressed that he knows what works for him and it is wise for growers to experiment until it works for them. Do not experiment with the majority of a collection, just choose a few plants so that if the method does not suit your growing conditions, only a few plants are lost – not the whole collection.

General Meeting Information

Patron’s Day Sunday 6 May at The Olive Branch, between 9:30am and 2:30pm.
232 Canvey Road, Upper Kedron.
Members only event.

Bromeliad & Tropicals Show & Sales - Autumn Show

  • Photos for Competition to be sent to accompanied by a Show Schedule. Entries close 12 noon Wednesday 18th April.
  • Show times are 8am to 4pm Saturday and 9am to 1pm Sunday.
  • Pre-sales from 3:30 to 5:30pm Friday is ONLY for volunteers on the roster.
  • Plants entered into any competition must be owned for at least 6 months.
  • All proceeds from the Monster Raffle will be donated to the Friends of Brisbane Botanic Gardens and Sherwood Arboretum.
  • Selling of offsets is permitted, but the majority of sales plants need to be potted.
  • Set up is from 12 noon on Friday 20 April at Genesis Christian College, Youngs Crossing Road, Bray Park.
  • Competition plants need to be entered between 12:30pm and 2pm on Friday afternoon. Judging starts at 3pm Friday.
  • Display plants are needed in quantity. Amanda says that the plants do not need to be in tip-top condition, but high numbers are needed to make an attractive display.

Further information is available on the Facebook event.

Next AGM
The AGM will be moved to March for ease of fulfilling the requirements for the Office of Fair Trading. The extra month will enable the books to be audited and a report prepared for the AGM.

Monthly Competition

  • A species class will be added to the monthly competitions.
  • Members requested a return of Field Days. For this to happen, a Field Day Convenor is required. Please contact if you are interested.

Guest Speakers/Information Sessions

  • The committee would like to hear of recommendations for Guest Speakers.
  • Information Sessions will be monthly at the request of members. Please inform the committee of topics of interest.

Golden Broms Conference, Gold Coast 2019

  • Narelle Aizlewood addressed the meeting informing the members of the upcoming Golden Broms Conference to be held at the Gold Coast in 2019.
  • She notified the members of the birthday of Herb Plever (US) who turned 94 today.
  • Narelle thanked BSQ for their donation of $500.00 to the Conference Fund.
Plant of the Month: Cryptanthus with Pam Butler
  • The majority of Cryptanthus come from Brazil.
  • Cryptanthus like food and moisture and the best potting mix to use is African Violet mix. They like to be grown on the ground so Pam grows them under her benches in her Tillandsia house.
  • There was a large selection of species and hybrid Cryptanthus on display. See the BSQ instagram page for photos.
Guest Speaker: Lisa Kurtz on Phone Photography
Lisa gave an enjoyable and knowledgeable talk on using mobile phones to take artistic photographs. She outlined the features that are on phones and the members used their phones to find these features. She suggested three steps:
  • Camera settings - get it right in camera
  • Snapseed - make it look great
  • Be creative - don't be boring.
Lisa suggested a self timer is a good thing and she showed us the small remote that she had received at the Uni. These sell quite cheaply online.
Then Lisa showed different photos that demonstrated how to use plants and props to create unique photographs, and how to play around with colour to give different moods to the photographs. Her bromeliad was taken on a tour of the city and into shops to demonstrate what can be achieved with little or no extra or specialist equipment. A couple of the photographs she took are shown below.
One of the photos demonstrated the use of a softbox. This was just a diffused window light or any light that has been diffused using fabric in front of the light. Lisa suggested that experimenting is a good way to see some alternatives - move the subject closer or further away from the light.
She recommended Snapseed app (free) as a way of experimenting with different uses of the phone. This is available for both iPhone and Android. There are other apps that can be used and some that charge a fee to download.

The 50th Anniversary Edition of Bromeliaceae is available now. Get your copy at our next meeting this Thursday, or at the Autumn Show.
Monthly Competition Winners - Popular Vote
1st         Sincoregelia 'Galactic Warrior' Alfonso Trudu
2nd        Tillandsia multicaulis       Selga Boothby
3rd         Orthophytum 'Starlight'     Alfonso Trudu
1st           Tillandsia 'Ninderry'          Dorothy Andreason
2nd          Tillandsia 'Houston'          Livia Doidge
3rd           Guzmania wittackii           Dorothy Adreason

1st          Tillandsia straminea               Ron Jell
2nd          Tillandsia 'Evelyn Reilly'         Ron Jell
3rd           Tillandsia 'Pinegrove'             Ron Jell

1st           Odds and Ends                Ron Jell
2nd          Living Wreath                   Gilda Trudu
3rd           Circle of Light                   Barbara McCune
Ron Jell's Tillandsia straminea
Dorothy Andreason's
Tillandsia  'Ninderry'
A cross by Margaret Patterson
Alfonso Trudu's Sincoregelia 'Galactic Warrior'.
Ron Jell's Odds and Ends

Bromeliad & Tropicals Show & Sales - Autumn Show
Genesis Christian College 
12-16 Young's Crossing Road, Bray Park. 
Saturday 22nd April at 8am to 4pm. 
Sunday 21st April at 9am to 1pm.
More information on the Facebook event.

BSI World Conference
29 May to 3 June 2018 in San Diego
More information on the BSI website.

Bromeliad and Tropicals Sales and Show - Spring Show
Belmont Shooting Complex
1485 Old Cleveland Road, Belmont
3rd and 4th November 2018

Golden Broms
The Australasian Bromeliad Conference will be held on the Gold Coast 17-20 October, 2019.
More information on the Golden Broms website.

2018 Meeting Information

Meeting Show Schedule

January - MINI SHOW

Class 1 – Aechmea species and hybrids
Class 2 – Vriesea species and hybrids
Class 3 – Dyckia species and hybrids
Class 4 - any other flowering bromeliad species and hybrids


 – any genus species and hybrids + novelty bromeliad display


– any genus species and hybrids + novelty bromeliad display


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


– any genus species and hybrids + novelty bromeliad display


– any genus species and hybrids + novelty bromeliad display


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


– 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


– any genus species and hybrids + novelty bromeliad display

 Plant of the Month Schedule
Month Plant
January Aechmea
February Tillandsia
March Cryptanthus
April Dyckia/Orthophytum/Puya
May Alcanterea
June Vriesea
July Intergenerics
August Rare Genus
September Billbergia
October Guzmania
November Neoregelia/Nidularium
December Hollioides (S. Claus to present)

Meeting Dates 2019

Month Date
January 18th
February 15th – AGM
March 15th
April 19th
May 17th
June 21st
July 19th
August 16th
September 20th
October 18th
November 15th
December 6th – Christmas Party 

This Month April Meeting
Practical Session: Peter Tristram will share his experience with Neoregelias.

Mini Show
See the schedule below. Plants must be entered by 7pm. If you are running late, call Fred on 0419 716 236.

Plant of Month
The 'Pricklies', Dyckia, Orthophytum & Puya - Show and Tell: bring your plants for discussion.

Guest Speaker
Peter Tristram on Hybridising Neoregelias.

Commentary on Mini Show  tba.
Next Month May Meeting Practical Session: Q & A with Tom Isaac, Barry Kable and John Olsen. Bring your questions for three experienced members to answer.

Popular Vote.

Plant of the Month
Alcantareas with Barry Kable.

Guest Speaker
Steve Flood on Tropical Foliage Plants that Complement Bromeliads.

Popular Vote Commentary

John Olsen.
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