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Contents of Newsletter

  • Notices
  • Report on the April Meeting.
  • MiniShow Competition Winners.
  • Upcoming Events.
  • 2022 Meeting Information.

Editor: Maxim Wilson

Vice President John Williamson opened the meeting, and welcomed two new members - Anne and Trish.
A bus trip on 20th March was popular, and there was strong support for another day excursion.

May/June Meetings

Meeting 19th May, 2022 Meeting 16th June, 2022.
Info Session –Single Plant versus Clump with Pam Butler. Info Session –  Pest Control with Rob Murray.
Plant of the Month –Vrieseas with Amanda Meads. Plant of the Month – Orthophytum with Christine Malone.
Guest Speaker – Dale Dixon  Guest Speaker – Jillian Coombes.
Topic – How Plant Names are Derived. Topic – Garden Products.

Information Session with John Williamson.
Potting and pupping.

John brought his apparatus on which he works on his broms.
He has a grill over a large plastic container containing his mix,
so mix that falls out of his pot fall back into the container 

Removing offsets: Greg Macleod stepped up to demonstrate careful removal of offsets that were at least 1/3 the size of the mother. Careful not to break the base of the offset.
His mix: John uses Brom and Cymbidium Potting Mix from Bunnings, and adds perlite and bark.
After potting the pup, John stakes the pup with skewers, or stainless steel chopsticks, available @ 10 for $9 on eBay. 
John shared advice he received years ago, to encourage offsets. He trims the leaves off the mother to direct all nutrition into the offsets, and adds fertiliser.
Another trick was to put a single granule of Osmocote into the axil of a mature brom to promote an offset in that axil.

Thanks John for your demonstration.

Show and Tell.
Graham Nolan brought a box of red Tillandsias for discovery.
T fasciculata x capitata

T capitata ‘Gold’ x T magnispica:

Tillandsia fasciculata x xerographica had a beautiful pink and grey appearance which might be surprising:

but Graham has found on the inet photos of T xerographica in a variety of colours on a Malaysian website.


Plant of The Month: Cryptanthus by John Williamson.

Cryptanthus is a genus with 60 species, and 1269 hybrids.
They are prized for their foliage more than their flowers.
Common name is ‘Earth Stars’ and they make colourful ground cover, and they have no spines.
Some popular with collectors:

Over the past few years, John’s collection has grown to 73.
They are true terrestrials, have no tank, so depend on their roots for water.
Most are flat, some have stolons, and are generally tough.
Leaf markings have great variety, with horizontal, transverse, striped, banded and wavy.
John grows his in hanging baskets, and dunks them monthly, and he uses no fertiliser.
Avoid drying them out.
Johns collection.

Crypt ‘Thriller’:

Crypt ‘McIntosh’:

 For more information, John referred us to Brom Connect on the BSQ website.

Thanks John for sharing your collection with us.

Guest Speaker was George Stamatis who shared his
Secrets to Growing Beautiful Foliage Vrieseas.
George addressed us via Zoom from home in Elimbah, near Caboolture.
Rob Murray provided technical support.
George gave an overview of his talk, and it will be published in our journal Bromeliaceae.

In choosing your Vriesea, 
The best vrieseas to buy are those thriving in the SEQ region.
Choosing plants whose habitat in Brazil resembles our local conditions.
This chart is a guide to species that thrive better in cool, intermediate or tropical climate:

Here are three that do well in SEQ:

And here is a guide to hybrids that do well in SEQ:

George distinguished between ‘day flowering’ and foliage Vrieseas. The ‘day flowering’ type are those seen in Bunnings with bright flowers and green leaves, and flowers open in day time.
The foliage Vrieseas are the more prized, and have flowers that open at night, when they are pollinated. However, adding an element of the ‘day flowering’ type into the hybrid foliage plants, adds robustness.
Light: George uses a variety of shade cloth, eg, 70% beige or black, with more shade in mid summer. Be sure shade cloth is high above the plants, to avoid a ‘heat pocket’.
Ensure plants are off the floor to promote good air circulation.
Temperature: Vrieseas love winter time, and do most of their growing March through September. Summer heat slows growing.
So they benefit from afternoon watering which cools in summer. 
Water: pure soft water is best.
George cannot use local town supply because it harms his plants, and must use only rain water.
Bore water is high in minerals, and rots the plant from the bottom.
Crown rot affects the centre of the plant, and is caused by chlorine and fluoride in the town supply.
Feeding: to establish the young plant, it is best use 12 to 14 month slow release fertiliser. In contrast, use 3-6 month slow release for young Neoregelias.
Follow up with a light feed of Vrieseas annually.,
As the 12 month fertiliser becomes exhausted, the green Vriesea leaves show the desired colours.
black scale, or fly speck spreads from plant to plant, is nasty and hard to treat. Prevent this with good spacing of plants, and the only 100% effective insecticide is dimethoate, the old Rogor.
It is banned in most outlets, is available only in certain Coöp shops. It is dangerous and much care is needed in its use.
Confidor or Crown are good for other parasites. 
Propagation: George removes pups when 1/3 to 1/2 size of mother, treats the cut with rooting powder. and sits them in a pot for 2 weeks to let the wounds heal, and new roots begin. 
Potting immediately after removal of the offset retarded growth.
George finished his talk with a series of stunning foliage vrieseas.
Vriesea 'Manua Kea' F2 x 'Pahoa Beauty':

Vriesea 'Pink Goddess':
Vriesea hieroglyphica hybrids:

Vriesea hieroglyphics hybrid:

Vreiea altodaserrae x 'Bianca':

Vriesea 'King David Kalakua' F2:

Vriesea 'King David':

Vriesea gigantea var seideliana  x 'Pahoa Beauty':

Vriesea 'Jungle Queen':

Vriesea 'Nicholas':

Vriesea 'Dark Shadow' (Arden):


Vriesea 'Maria':

Vriesea 'Perfect Harmony':

Vriesea 'Godzilla' (M & M Cameron):

Vriesea 'Gold Fellow' (Fell):

Vriesea 'Mauna Kea' x gigantea var seideliana:
Vriesea 'Wildfire Dream' (Basic):

Vriesea 'Manoa Valley' x 'Campar':

Vriesea 'Crimson Autumn' (Malory):

Thanks George for for your informative and entertaining talk.

MiniShow Competition Winners.
Class 1:
1st Hohenbergia correia-araujoi by Maxim Wilson.

2nd Orthophytum glabrum by Maxim Wilson.

Class 2:
1st Guzmania ‘Tricolor’ by Maxim Wilson.

2nd Guzmania ‘Minnie Belle’ by Maxim Wilson.

Class 4:
1st Tillandsia praschekii by Alfonso Trudu.

2nd Tillandsia ‘Buttercup’ by Alfonso Trudu.

Class 5:
1st Tillandsia xerographica by Maxim Wilson.

2nd Tillandsia tectorum by Alfonso Trudu.

3rd Tillandsia ehlersiana by Maxim Wilson.

Class 1:
1st Orthophytum ‘Warren Loose’ by Sue Hall.

2nd Quesnelia ‘Farro’ by Sue Hall.

3rd Quesnelia ‘Tim Plowman’ by Sue Hall.

Class 2:
1st Guzmania ‘Limones’ by Sue Hall.

Class 3:
1st Pitcairnia carinata by Greg Macleod.

2nd Pitcairnia sanguinea by Sue Hall.

Class 4:
1st Tillandsia stricta by Sue Hall.

2nd Tillandsia stricta by Gilda Trudu.

3rd Tillandsia vernicosa by Gilda Trudu.

Class 5:
1st Nidularium serratum by Sue Hall.

2nd Tillandsia tectorum by Gilda Trudu.

3rd Orthophytum sucrei by Sue Hall.

Class 1:
1st Orthophytum glabrum by John Williamson.

Class 2:
1st Guzmania sanguinea by John Williamson.

 Class 4:
1st Tillandsia ‘Amigo’ by Robert Reitano.

Class 5:
1st Tillandsia crocata by Robert Reitano.

  • 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.
New Growers met Sunday 9th April and 13 attended,
with some new people. 

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 Saturday 20th November at Kedron Wavell RSL Club 

The Olive Branch is closing down and a clearance sale commenced on Thursday 28th April, 9am to 3pm, 7 days a week until all stock goes.

Peter Tristram of Repton, NSW, is also 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 22nd May at Stan Walkley's place.
Those wishing to attend,
RSVP Pam Butler at

The World Bromeliad Conference has been rescheduled
for June 8-12, 2022, changed from June 2021.

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  
August 18th  
September 15th  
October 20th  
November 17th  
December 3rd TBC Christmas Party
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