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             January meeting cancelled.
  • You must be double vaccinated to attend meetings.
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  • You will need to wear a mask throughout the meeting.
  • You will need to socially distance when possible.

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Contents of Newsletter

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

Editor: Maxim Wilson

January Meeting
This meeting has been cancelled. After some consideration, the committee decided to cancel the January meeting given the current health situation regarding COVID. We hope that we will be able to meet again in February and will keep you informed.
Membership Fees
Members are reminded that fees were due on 31 December 2021.
Any member who is not financial by 31 January will not receive member benefits from that date.
Membership can be paid by funds transfer using the following information from the BSQ website.
$35 for single, $40 for family membership.
To pay by bank transfer, the Society’s account details are as follows:
Bank: Bendigo Bank
BSB: 633000
Account Number: 177006277
Please ensure you include your name in the reference message.
Society Position Vacancies
To help run the society and events, there are several positions that need filling over the next few months. Please let the President know if you are able to assist.
  • Hall set up. This has been done by John Williamson during COVID. Prior to that David and Evelyn Rees set up the hall for meetings but illness prevents that from continuing. We are looking for someone who might be able to assist from 5.30pm on meeting evenings to set up tables. Chairs will be set in place by members on arrival.
  • Sales Coordinator. After several years in the position, John Williamson is stepping down. We require someone to take over this position. He will assist with transition training during his final show in April. This is an essential position if we are to raise funds for continuing sales events.
  • Secretary. This essential committee position will become vacant at the AGM. Work involves attending committee meetings and taking minutes at the meeting.
  • Raffle Coordinator. This position has become vacant and immediate replacement is required. The role involves selling raffle tickets at monthly meetings as well as selection of raffle plants from sales tables.
Other positions may be available so keep your ears to the ground. As a volunteer organisation we do need your help to keep the ship on an even keel.
Potting Mix
John Williamson is looking at providing a bromeliad potting mix for sale to members.
Current plans are that a 30 litre bag of orchid mix will be provided at a cost of $12.00. 
The society has opened a wholesale account with a supplier of Potting Mix,
and we would like to gauge the interest of members interested in this, 
the system will involve
pre-ordering at, or before meetings, with delivery to be provided at the next meeting. 
 The mix is Searles Cymbidium & Bromeliad Mix in 30Lt bags, this is a “Well drained mix,
designed to achieve beautiful healthy Bromeliads”. 
 If there is sufficient interest and pre-orders,
the society will place an order for this to be available at the next meeting.
 The Special “Members Only”  price will be $12 per bag.  
If you are interested, please advise John at the next meeting
or via email

During COVID, library services have been reduced.
These will be re-instated but at a reduced level when we return 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.
Outstanding Library Books
Since COVID commenced, there are several members who borrowed books prior to COVID and have not yet returned these. Would you please check you books and if you have one from the BSQ Library please return it at the February meeting?
Meeting Thursday 20th January. CANCELLED  Members Meeting Thursday 17th February.
Info Session – CANCELLED
 Info Session – Irrigation - Shadehouse and general irrigation - John Olsen
Plant of the Month - CANCELLED
 Plant of the Month – Tillandsia with Bruce Dunstan
Guest Speaker - CANCELLED Guest Speaker – Bruce Dunstan
Topic - CANCELLED Topic- Pitcairnia
Competition - CANCELLED Mini-show.(see below)
Information Session: Barry Kable on Hydroponic Cultivation with Clay Balls

LECA stands for lightweight expanded clay aggregate, and is packaged in 50L bags Aqua Clay Pebbles @ $38 each.

Barry starts with a plastic pot with no holes in the bottom. These are hard to obtain.
Barry starts with a pot with a hole in the bottom which he seals with silastic.
With a soldering iron, he makes a 1cm hole 5cm above the base to limit the water height in the pot.

Then the plant is potted with the clay balls, water is added to the height of the hole.
So the plant has a constant water source from below.
The balls are inert and do not break down. They are reusable. 
One of his specimens is 5years old. He has an orchid that is repotted yearly:

Here is a Pitcairnia:

Tillandsia does well:

xSincoregelia ‘Galactic Warrior’:

Maiden Hair thrives in the steady moisture:

Various orchids were shown growing this way.
Alcantarea pups were grown in a polystyrene box with the plants inserted through holes in the lid:

Barry removed the young plants to reveal healthy roots, ready for repotting:

Anthurium in a clear pot exhibits healthy green roots.
Aroids and Agapanthus do well.
The occasional build up of deposit is cleared by replacing the water.
He uses weak orchid fertiliser sparingly.
So far, no disease, and he uses Alginox 
The balls are available at Hydroponics Capalaba, but were not on the Bunnings website.
Thanks Barry for an interesting presentation.
Rob Murray recorded Barry’s talk, and posted the video on FaceBook,
and several people watched it.

Thanks Barry for your interesting presentation.

Plant of Month: Billbergia with John Smits.
John presented us with some of his own Billbergias.
Billbergia amoena var. stolonifera albomarginata.

Billbergia ‘Fred Red’ which is cv. of amoena v. rubra X 'Fred Gerber'

Billbergia 'Foster's Striate'

Billbergia leptipoda ( means ‘thin stem’)

Billbergia ‘Hidden Treasure’, a variegated sport of Bill 'Selby-Seidel', registered by Val Honeywood.

Billbergia 'Allan Ladd'
Seed Parent: pyramidalis var. pyramidalis
Pollen Parent: Windigig Special.
Billbergia ‘Platinum’ cv. of unknown vittata(?) hybrid with solid silver heavy scurfing . It pups readily.

Then John gave a comprehensive overview with several well-made slides.
Billbergia have 60 species, and 1,284 cultivars on the BCR.
They are found from Mexico, through Brazil down to north Argentina.
There are two subgenera: Billbergia and Helicodea.
Subgenus Billbergia includes most of the cultivated species.
Subgenus Helicodea are called ‘watch spring’ because their petals recurve and coil. 
John explained the names of some Billbergias:
horrida = rough and bristly
marmorata = spotted
nutans = nodding
pyramidalis = pyramid shaped
filicaulis = thread-like.

Culture: John warned us that fertiliser can turn the plant green and lose its variegation.

Thanks John for your excellent presentation.

Guest Speaker was Andrew Devonshire from Auckland via Zoom.
He shared his experience with hybridising Neoregelias.

Creating hybrids satisfies his desire to create things of beauty.
With a history of collecting walking fish, then caged birds, and tropical fish,
he got hooked on Neoregelias after a visit to Grace Goode in 2003.
His interest in hybridising was aroused by Jerry Stanfield,
and the work on Vrieseas by Andrew Molloy in N.Z.
Andrew acknowledged the help of Lisa Vinsant, of Hawaii.
He started out hybridising Vrieseas, but moved on to large Neoregelias like johannis, cruenta, correia-araujoi, and 'Charm', until these large plants took too much space in his suburban block, so he switched to smaller Neoregelias. Besides, after thousands of seedlings, he failed to produce anything good enough.
His first hybrids took advantage of the bright colours and prominent cross banding in the smaller Neoregelias.
Neo 'Bumblebee' (‘Willy’ x ‘Pheasant') won the top award at a recent show.  Registered 2008.

Neo 'Ritzy Tiger' ('Ritzy' x 'Blushing Tiger') 2007 BCR 

He faced the challenge of finding names not already used.
He hit on the various names for coffee- starting with Espresso.
Neoregelia 'Expresso' = 'Wee Willy' x 'Pheasant' (a cv. of punctatissima ) BCR 2008:

It has greenish yellow leaves heavily cross-banded, reddish brown in strong light.
It is a sibling of the grex 'Bumblebee'.
Neoregelia 'Eclipse' = 'Wee Willy' x 'Purpurea' (a cv. of ampullacea) BCR 2009:

Neoregelia 'Pacifica' = 'Tiger Cub' x ampullacea 2006 
Lime yellow leaves heavily crossbanded brick red with stolons 3cm long.

## His next aim was to add red colour to the strongly banded Neos.
Neoregelia 'Firestarter' was the result, BCR 2009
=' Purpurea' x 'Blushing Tiger'

it showed splayed, coppery red leaves with punctated darker red cross-banding.
## next aim was to add red lines to these hybrids.
Neoregelia 'Life Candy Solar Eclipse' on BCR 2015:

Mature small rosette to 12cm. diameter x 12cm.high.
Lime yellow leaves with random lineated/striated red stripes and some punctated red cross-banding.
Vegetative sport of N. 'Life Candy'. It can produce sports= N. 'Life Candy Lunar Eclipse'. & 'Life Candy' (reverted) .Neoregelia ‘Golden Pheasant’ (ampullacea x ‘Pheasant’) is his most popular hybrid. 

It grows easily, can vary in colour, = ampullacea x ‘Pheasant’ 2008.
This grex has 'Fever Pitch', 'Daydreamer', 'Phoenix'.
Neoregelia 'Sunfire Prince' was registered 2011:

Mature, open rosette to 25cm. diameter x 25cm high.
In strong light, lime green leaves with dense punctated, garnet red cross-banding.
Outer foliage portions turn darker red with age. is 'Golden Pheasant' x 'Skotak's Tiger'.

Neoregelia ‘Sunfire Fever’ 2011.

Mature, open, upright rosette to 25cm. diameter x 30cm. high.
In strong light, lime yellow leaves with punctated garnet Red Cross-banding and fine black spines.
Outer foliage portions and rosette base mature to saturated ruby red.
Neoregelia 'Sunfire Storm'

Neoregelia 'Mai Snow Storm' 2011 is a different grex

'Golden Pheasant' x ('Tasha x Clarice')
Neo ‘Life song’ 2007, BCR.

Mature open rosette to 35cms. diameter. Depending on light levels, broad green / lime yellow leaves with red longitudinal lineations and random red flecking, plus pink-tinged white striated variegation. Central cup is amethyst pink at blooming.cross is (carolinae x concentric) x 'Exotica Misty Pink'; Grex sibling = N. 'Life Blood'
A plant to watch for is Neo 'Mai Scarlet Fever'

The cross 'Mai Snow Pheasant' x 'Life Force' which is to be released by Nigel Thompson. 

He reminded us of Kiwi Broms, the Australasian Bromeliad Conference coming to Auckland 23-26 March, 2023.

Thank you Andrew or your brilliant presentation.

Popular Vote Winners

1st Stigmatodon brassicoides by Bruce Dunstan.

Equal 1st Aechmea ‘Black Zombie’ by Barry Kable.

2nd Tillandsia reuteri by Bruce Dunstan.

Equal 2nd Tillandsia durangensis x streptophylla by Bruce Duncan.

3rd Tillandsia ionantha by Barry Kable.

1st Tillandsia ‘Beauty’ by Pam Butler.

2nd Aechmea mariae-reginae by Maxim Wilson.

3rd Tillandsia tectorum by Alfonso Trudu.

1st Tillandsia ionantha by Barrie Brown.
sorry, no photo available.
2nd xSincoregelia ‘Lymanii’ by Coni Smits.

Equal 2nd Billbergia 'Talbot Cherry Maple' by Greg Macleod

3rd Ananas by Eddie Macedonski.

1st Brill-iant by Steve Molnar.

2nd You Light up Your Christmas by Alfonso Trudu.

3rd Greetings by Gilda Trudu.

  • The revised edition of Starting with Bromeliads is now available for purchase.

Bromeliad Talk by Graeme Barclay

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,
14 Sunset Grove, Samford Valley.
New Growers will recommence Sunday 9th April.

contact Pam at 0423173859 or
RSVP is required.

Growing from seed.
Peter Ball has revived 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 16th January
at the home of Robert Reitano and Ashley Humphrey.

Those wishing to attend, RSVP Pam Butler at
theme: Tillandsia capitata and it’s hybrids,
and any other plants in flower.

The first BSI Judges School was held in April 2020.
 There are two Judges Schools a year, each on a Sunday, over three years, a total of six.
The next School is on Sunday 29th May.

Contact Narelle Aizelwood on

There will be a one day bus trip on Sunday 20th March 2022. Please let us know if you are interested. The bus will visit Steve Flood (Mooloolah) and Cheryl Basic (Yandina). 
There will be a $20 refundable booking fee, for those attending, you will be refunded your $20 on boarding the bus,
if you do not attend, the $20 is non-refundable.
Please email to register your interest in this trip.

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

2021 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
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 Androlepis.
July 21st  
August 18th  
September 15th  
October 20th  
November 17th  
December 3rd TBC Christmas Party
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