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  • Practical Class: Problems in bromeliads.
  • Show & Tell - Plants of Interest.
  • Report of the June Meeting.
  • Guest Speaker: Bring in YOUR favourite bromeliad.
  • New Growers Session.
  • Results of June Popular Vote.
  • Upcoming Events.
  • 2019 Meeting Information.

Editors: Rob Murray & Maxim Wilson

Practical Class and Show and Tell

The first question was about the best time to take pups off and whether this could be done during our winter. The general opinion was that pups are best taken off in Spring. Tills are OK to take off in Summer and Winter as they generally grow in Spring and Autumn. Plants may rot if given too much water during winter. Try using scoria or some other free draining mixture to plant in.

Talking about the three main families, how do you tell the general differences? The three families are Bromelioideae, Tillandsioideae and Pitcairnioideae. Bromelioideae have spines along the leaf edges. Tillandsioideae will have no spines and Pitcairnioideae are more grass-like plants.

What sources help with identification? The Taxon List (available from the BSI site - is the prime source for species while the Bromeliad Cultivar Register also on BSI site is for hybrids. The BSI site ( provides some very good photos to help with identification. This is especially true for ionantha cultivars.

There was some general discussion on potting media with the outcome being that you should use what fits your needs. It is the culture that is important. For example, now with the colder weather, less watering is required than in the heat of summer. Potting enables getting the nutrients into the plants.

A number of plants were then discussed as part of the Show and Tell section.

Barbara Murray had a plant for identification that Bruce thought was most probably Aechmea drakeana.

Tillandsia ‘Lemon Drop’ was discussed.

An Aechmea was thought to be Ae. dealbata but wait until it flowers for confirmation.

There was some discussion on a Tillandsia australis that had been provided. The question was related to the cause of die back. The majority thought it might have been a potassium deficiency rather than a lack of water.

Mick Grange had an Alcantarea geniculata variegata to show.

June Meeting Notes
President Barry welcomed 62 members and visitors.
A General Meeting had been called and was opened.
The purpose was to approve the purchase of a new trailer up to the value of $8,000.00.
This was passed.
The General Meeting was closed.


Please complete the meeting proforma and return to John Williamson on the night.
This information provided will be used to structure future meeting content.

There is a form to be completed by members to indicate which genera they grow and would be prepared to bring to the meeting for discussion. Return to John Williamson. Click this link:

Reminder that the date for the October meeting has changed due to the Golden Broms Conference. The new date is 10th October.

September will be the month when the club will be visiting Denise and Peter Ball and Barbara and Rob Murray’s gardens. Members will supply their own transport. Additional details will be provided once Peter returns from holidays.

Narelle Aizlewood updated the membership on the Gold Coast Conference to be held on 17-20 October 2019 and encouraged those who have not yet registered to do so soon to receive the early bird discount (Discount ceased on 30 June). For registrations visit -

Bruce Dunstan commented on a product that had been recommended for controlling algae at a recent forum. Some members who used the product experienced adverse results. The dose of 20mls per litre should be reduced to 5mls per litre. Users should try the product on a couple of expendable plants first before using on their whole collection.

Just adding a few more favourite plants!!!

General Session:
Our Favourite Plants

Members brought in their favourite plants for discussion. There was a large number of plants and varieties for discussion. Bruce Dunstan facilitated the session introducing each plant and discussing growth habits with owners.

The following notes provide information on the plants provided.
Tillandsia gardneri var. rupicola. Found on an island east of Rio. There is a huge range. They are caulescent – on a stem. Potting the plant facilitates nutrition to the plant. If potted in soil, the plant needs more space so choose a larger pot. It grows rapidly in cultivation. Covering the base of the plant with a small amount of sphagnum moss makes a difference.

Tillandsia ‘Lemon Drop’. Rolly Reilly grew the seed and gave a seedling to Nev Ryan who grew it on. The flowers are lemon coloured.

Aechmea unknown. Considered to be Aechmea dealbata. When it flowers it will be confirmed.

Aechmea unknown. Although flowering it was not able to be readily identified. Possibly Aechmea drakeana.

Tillandsia australis. This plant had a leaf tip dieback. This was noted as either a potassium deficiency or an air borne virus or bacteria that can be stopped by cutting off the leaf tip cleanly.

Alcantarea geniculata variegata. A very attractive plant. Seed raised by Michael Grange. This should flower in 3 years. There are four clones with flowers that are shades of purple pink. Need to introduce pollen from another clone to encourage the setting of seed.

Tillandsia ‘Holm’s Mother Lode’. This is a hybrid of duratii x crocata with scented golden flowers about 2 cm across.

Alcantarea vinicolor x extensa. (Alcantarea ‘Aladdin’ (extensa x vinicolor) is a similar cross.)

Pitcairnia sanguinea. A species from the Amazon. Grows best being moist. Seed is wind dispersed.

Neoregelia 'De Rolf'. This has a very stable variegation. If the pup is non-variegated do not toss out as the pup may throw variegated pups. Grows in sand dunes. The red tips on the leaves encourage birds to come down and fertilise the plant when foraging for food.

Tillandsia fasciculata purple. From Costa Rica. This is a very tough form that has a thin stem that flattens out. This is a natural characteristic.

Tillandsia ionantha. There are various forms in cultivation. Peter Tristram and Chris Larson have collected many German clones.

Tillandsia pamelae. This has a large pendular spike.

Tillandsia rauhii. From Peru. Grows up high in rocky areas. Can flower in 3 years. Has black flowers. Big tank but small roots.

Billbergia ‘Dress Circle’. Hybridised by Grace Goode (Reg 1974). The plant has very curled leaves.

Tillandsias. Peter Paroz did an experiment on the effects of sunlight on the growth of plants. He used two plants in different light conditions. He showed the plants to the group. The plant with a flower spike had received 25% more sunlight than the control plant which did not have a flower spike. It seems that exposure to stronger light will promote earlier flowering. His experiment continues.

Vriesea ‘Strawberry Ice Cream’. Hybridized by David Fell in Hawaii. Needs 60% shade cloth.

Cryptanthus ‘It’. Grown in sphagnum moss and perlite and should be given optimum water. Keep it warm in winter as the plant does not like the cold. It likes a lot of fertiliser.

Neoregelia name unknown. The owner likes the colour.

Tillandsia tectorum. Seed raised and growing in a clump.

Pitcairnia sanguinea.

Tillandsia stricta ‘Nigra’. Soft smooth leaves that are black especially at the tips.

Tillandsia chiapensis. A collection of different clones.

At the end of the session Barry chose Pitcairnia sanguinea as the best plant. Peter Paroz received a $30.00 voucher.
Photos Above Clockwise from top left. Vriesea 'Strawberry Ice Cream', Tillandsia 'Lemon Drop', Alcantarea geniculata variegata and Tillandsia edithea.

New Growers Session 3

On Saturday 6 July, 21 people attended this session to learn how to grow and flower their plants better.
Rebekah Trevor talked about the Genus Aechmea and Pam Butler talked about the Genus Tillandsia.
We potted some plants and then mounted some Tillandsia on corks with the help of Gary May.

Gilda Trudu then demonstrated how she wires her Tillandsia.
A big thankyou to Peter Paroz, Rebekah Trevor, Denice McLean, Barry Kable and Gary May for donating plants for us to use.

The next meeting is 9-11am, saturday
3rd August at the home of Pam Butler,
14 Sunset Grove, Samford Valley.

BSQ Facebook group
The Society now has a Facebook group where you can share your garden and connect with other bromeliad enthusiasts.
Please join and share some photos of your bromeliads.
The site is called the Bromeliad Society of Queensland Community page.

Results of Popular Vote Competition.
This month saw a very good range of plants in the show. In particular, the Novice Section was well represented. There were also many 'ties' for places in the show.

1 Tillandsia xerographica         Jenny Brittain
2 Tillandsia ‘Silver Surprise’      Rob Murray
2 Tillandsia duratii                     Graham Nolan
2 Aechmea ‘Brasilia’                  Connie Smits
1 Tillandsia ‘Lucille’                   John Olsen
2 Puya boliviensis                     Rick Cairns
3 Guzmania conifera                 Graham Stay
1 Aechmea recurvata ‘Zeta’       Barry Kable
2 Tillandsia ‘Prodigy’                   Stan Walkley
3 Aechmea ‘Samurai’                  Barry Kable
1 Tillandsia Sea Horse                 Steve Molnar
2 Bracy Frog                                 Steve Molnar
3 Brom Party                                 Jenny Brittain
3 Blooming Winter                         Gilda Trudu
3 Fly With Me                                Gilda Trudu

3rd August - New Grower's Session
Welcome all new growers at Pam Butlers.
learn the basics of growing bromeliads
in a relaxed atmosphere.
Saturday 3 August, 9 am to 11 am at Pam Butler’s home. 14 Sunset Grove, Samford Valley.
RSVP by 27 July to 0423173859
Topic for August: Billbergias, Cryptanthus and Dyckias

20 July - Tillandsia Pop-Up Sale
Saturday 20th July from
9 am to 12 midday.
Newmarket State School,
15 Banks Street, Newmarket, 4051.

BBQ for Volunteers will be held from 11:00am,
Sunday 25th August at
Pam Butler's place - 14 Sunset Grove, Samford, 4520.

Field Day will be held in October on the Northside at Peter Ball's and Barbara Murray's residences. It will be self drive.
More details closer to the time.

17 to 20 October - Golden Broms
The Australasian Bromeliad Conference will be held at the Gold Coast on 17 - 20 October 2019.

2 to 3 November - Bromeliad & Tropicals Show & Sales - our Spring Show 2019
Saturday 2nd to Sunday 3rd November.
Belmont Shooting Complex,
1485 Old Cleveland Road, Belmont.
Entry fee will be $25 for the first hour, 8-9am,
then $4 per person after that.
Closes 1pm sunday.

5 December 2019 - Christmas Party
This costs $35 a head, with alternate drop,
open bar tab to a limit. Same venue,
Easts Leagues Club, 40 Main Avenue, Coorparoo.

Buy your tickets now.

Sunday 22nd February, 2020. Tillandsia Seminar 
Full Day seminar including sales. More detail will be provided closer to the date.

2019 Meeting Information

Meeting Show Schedule


– 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
Class 5 – species


– 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
Class 5 – species


– 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


– any genus species and hybrids + novelty bromeliad display

Plant of the Month Schedule
Month Plant
January Aechmea
February Tillandsia
March Problem bromeliads
April Dyckia/Orthophytum/Puya
May Hybrids
June Bring your favourite bromeliad
July FoliageVrieseas.
August Spring-Flowering Tillandsias
September Billbergias.
October Guzmanias.
November Neoregelia and Nidularium.

Meeting Dates 2019
Month Date
January 17th
February 21st
March 21st – AGM
April 18th
May 16th
June 20th
July 18th
August 15th
September 19th
October 10th change of date
November 21st
December 5th – Christmas Party
July Meeting
 Practical Class: Preparing plants for competition with Peter Ball.
Plant of the month: Foliage vrieseas.
Guest Speaker: Chris Larson talking on ‘The Changing Nature of The Bromeliad Trade’.
Note: Chris will bring Tillandsias for sale.

Plant Competition: Mini Show see below for details.
August Meeting
 Practical Class: QandA on Plant Nutrition with Bruce Dunstan.
Plant of the month: Spring Flowering Tillandsias with Bruce Dunstan.
Guest Speaker: David Tanswell on 'A Plant Expedition in Colombia'.
Plant Competition: 
Popular Vote see schedule below.
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