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.