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Contents of Newsletter

  • Report of the August Meeting
  • Society Notes
  • Guest Speaker: David Tanswell on A Trip to Colombia
  • Results of August Popular Vote
  • Upcoming Events
  • 2019 Meeting Information
  • The Passing of Herb Plever

Editors: Maxim Wilson & Rob Murray

Report of the August Meeting

Information Session

The Information Session on the use of fertilisers was facilitated by Bruce Dunstan.

Fertilisers available in Australia have often been designed for the European Market. Australia has higher temperatures generally and so fertilisers can be used at a higher rate, but this must be compensated with a regular watering regime.

With European fertilisers, the temperature effect occurs in controlled release fertilisers. Soluble fertilisers aren’t affected by temperature, but if fertilising heavily on a hot day, i.e. above 35°C foliage can burn.

Types: Any fertiliser is OK to use - Peter’s Professional, Thrive, any Orchid Fertilisers. Look for a good mix of Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium (NPK). High nitrogen contributes to bigger plants, phosphorus promotes blooming and potassium gives good colour results.

Bruce’s regime is to use a liquid fertiliser weekly which he uses at five times the recommended rate. To offset this, he waters daily. He is constantly monitoring his practices. This regime is not recommended for all. Growers need to follow their own regime and tweak it according to their own experience.

Tillandsias – those in pots usually grow bigger and produce more pups than those mounted. Water quality affects the nutrients you add when watering. Some water has a low salt content. Plants respond better if the product has a higher salt content to counteract this deficiency.

Plants put all their energy into their sexual stage. This energy used by the inflorescence making seeds means that they are less able to put energy into pupping. After flowering, fertilise to encourage pups. Remove the first round of vegetative offsets and fertilise the plant again. This could result in further offsets.

Plants used as landscaping features do not receive fertiliser. They grow larger in the garden and last longer before flowering. Some plants flower prematurely when fertilised.

In cooler months use less nitrogen but calcium and magnesium will benefit plants by hardening the plant. In warmer months change the regime.

Experiment with fertiliser. There is a sweet spot where the optimum value is obtained by the plants. Too little and the plants will not look as good. Too much and the plant will not be able to use it.

Show and Tell

Above: Steve Molnar showing some 'specials'.

Many plants were shown – T botteri, T velickiana, T stricta. T xfloridana, T setacea, T variabilis (grown in full sun all day), T seleriana (with a horn forming), T ‘Hal’s Nidus’, T ionantha var. van-hyningii.

General Meeting

Above: Two Johns lead the way.

John Williamson, our Vice President, offered Barry’s apologies as he was working at the Royal Queensland Show (RNA) Exhibition. John then welcomed everyone including a new member Klaus.

Amanda was thanked for the organising of the Royal Queensland Show (Ekka) Exhibition Display, the plant providers and the members who volunteered to help. The display won First for the Colin Campbell Award for Most Educational Exhibit and Second for the Overall Display.

Apologies for the small number of plants for sale.
Remember to Vote in the Popular Vote.

Dutch Auction

  1. Tillandsia ‘Erik the Red’ (was called Giant hybrid by Rolley Riley).
  2. Tillandsia ‘Asombroso’, a Bob Hudson import.

Spring Flowering Tillandsias

John Olsen, Alfonso Trudu, Nev Ryan, Bruce Dunstan, Gary May, brought along a large range of Spring Flowering Tillandsia.

Above: Gary May with a beautiful specimen.

'Silverado', 'Padre', subteres, foliosa, capitata (Chris Larson clone) abdita (now brachycaulos), 'Fantasy Amber', 'Dimmitt’s Talent', 'Holm’s Azurite', 'Carmen Gem', 'Stupendo', ionantha from Germany, ionantha var. van-hyningii, ionantha recurved, ixiodies, bulbosa Belize, streptocarpa, a Margaret Paterson hybrid aeranthos x recurvifolia, duratii var. saxatilis, 'Pacific Blue', duratii var. duratii, bulbosa, small orange, 'Crackerjack', chiletensis, 'Holm’s Motilo', straminea 'Deep Purple' (flowers all year round), klausii (small clone).

Brazilian Plants – geminiflora, sprengeliana,
var. subsecundifolia.


Above: A tray or two of beauties.

There are a great range of species with Barry Genn and Nev Ryan creating wonderful hybrids.

Disclaimer: Any information given is intended to provide general information only. This information has been prepared without taking into account your personal environment and needs.

The Bromeliad Society of Queensland strives to provide you with useful, accurate, and timely information. Accordingly, the Society has attempted to provide accurate information and materials but assumes no responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of that information or materials. 

The Society may change the content of any information or materials available at any time without notice. However, makes no commitment to update the information which, as a result, may be out of date.

Information and opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the Society. Neither the Bromeliad Society of Queensland, nor its officers, directors, employees, agents, distributors, or affiliates are responsible or liable for any loss damage (including, but not limited to, actual, consequential, or punitive), liability, claim, or other injury or cause related to or resulting from any information posted on the Society's channels.

Society Notes

Reminder: October meeting - 10th October
The date for the October meeting is now 10th October. This has changed due to the Golden Broms Conference.

28 September: Field Day
Visit to Denise and Peter Ball’s garden at Joyner from 9:30 am and then the afternoon at Barbara and Rob Murray’s garden at Narangba. Provide your own transport. Bring your own morning tea and lunch. No RSVP required. An email with full details have been sent to members.

5 December: Christmas Party
This year there will be an alternate drop for all three courses.
$35 for members. The Society will subsidise the full cost of $75. Rob Murray will be the MC for the evening.

The Society's Horticultural Display at the Ekka of a pineapple made from bromeliads. 

Guest Speaker

David Tanswell provided a pictorial summary of his journey - A Plant Trip to Columbia.

Unfortunately, we have not been able to provide his photos at this stage. His talk focused on a wide range of plants and this requires the photos to demonstrate the variety of the country and plants he visited during the trip.

Results of Mini Show Competition

1st Deuterocohnia brevifolia Graeme Nolan
2nd Dyckia 'Milvex Bunts Passion' Gilda Trudu
3rd Tillandsia xerographica Jenny Brittain
3rd Tillandsia fasiculata John Smits
1st Tillandsia 'Houston' Livia Doidge
2nd Tillandsia 'Purple Gem' John  Olsen
3rd Tillandsia ehlersiana Livia Doidge
1st Tillandsia 'Carmen Gem' Peter Paroz
2nd Alcantarea 'Bruce Dunstan' Bruce Dunstan
3rd Tillandsia duratii var. duratii Nev Ryan
1st Just Zero Gilda Trudu
2nd Bad Hair Day Christine Brittain
3rd Butterfly Steve Molnar
3rd Lights up my World Christine Brittain
Novice Class

First: Deuterocohnia brevifolia

Second: Dyckia 'Milvex Bunts Passion'

Third: Tillandsia xerographica and Tillandsia fasiculata

Second: Tillandsia 'Purple Gem'

First: Tillandsia 'Carmen Gem'

Second: Alcantarea 'Bruce Dunstan'

Third: Tillandsia duratii var. duratii

First: Just Zero

Second: Bad Hair Day

Tied Third: Butterfly

Tied Third: Lights Up My World


6 October: New Grower's Session
Learn the basics of growing bromeliads with Pam Butler.
Subject: problem plants and how to enter the competition. 9am to 11am
Location: 14 Sunset Grove, Samford Valley, QLD 4520
RSVP to 0423 173 859.


22 September: Tillandsia Study Morning
Tillandsia Study Morning with John Olsen.
If you have any flowering T.streptocarpa or the little red Mexicans and their hybrids, please bring along for comparison. If you don't, bring at least one plant
for Show and Tell or discussion.
Date: Sunday 22 September
Time: 9 am
Location: 76 Chelford Street, Alderley QLD 4051.


28 September: Field Day
For the September field day, we will be visiting the gardens of Society members, Denise and Peter Ball, and Barbara and Rob Murray.
Date: 28 September
Locations: Joyner (The Balls) and Narangba (The Murrays).

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


2-3 November: Bromeliad & Tropicals Show & Sales - Spring Show 2019
Dates and Times:
Saturday 2 November, 8 am to 4 pm
Sunday 3 November, 9 am to 1pm
Location: Belmont Shooting Complex,
1485 Old Cleveland Road, Belmont QLD 4153.
Entry: $4.

5 December: Christmas Party
Join in the Society's end of year celebrations. Food will be alternate drop for all courses. Open bar tab (up to a limit) and in the same venue as last year. There will be a Monster Raffle with over $2,000 worth of plants.
Date: Thursday 5 December
Location: Easts Leagues Club, 40 Main Avenue,
Coorparoo QLD 4151
Cost: $35 per person for members. 

22 February 2020: Tillandsia Day 
Full day seminar including tillandsia sales. More details will be provided closer to the date.

18-19 April 2020: Bromeliad & Tropicals Show & Sales - Autumn Show
Save the date for the Autumn show.
Dates and Times: Saturday 18 April, 8 am to 4 pm
Sunday 19 April, 9 am to 1pm

Location: Genesis Christian College, Bray Park
Entry: $4.

See other Bromeliad Events in Queensland

The Passing of Herb Plever 

On September 9, 2019, the bromeliad world lost a patriarch, Herb Plever.
  A New York lawyer for decades, he lived in  the outskirts of the city for a lifetime. Herb died in his nineties.
  He holds accomplishments which may never be matched - he attended all BSI World Conferences for four or five decades and was the editor of the Bromeliana for his NY Society forever.
  He was married for over 60 years, until his wife passed away a few years ago. She was a saint as their apartment had more plants than any other apartment I have ever seen. And the plants required weeks of bathing four times a year.
He was to the NY Society what Nat DeLeon was to the BSSF.
His loss will be very much felt worldwide, and especially to the NY Society.
  Robert C. Meyer.

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 Foliage Vrieseas
August Spring-flowering Tillandsias
September Billbergias
October Guzmanias
November Neoregelia & 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
September Meeting
Information Session: Rhipsalis and Orchids as Companion Plants with Bruce Duncan and Barry Kable.
Plant of the month: Billbergia with Greg Aizlewood.
Guest Speaker: 
Neville Ryan on 'My Collection of Tillandsias'.
Plant Competition:
Popular Vote, see below for details.
Plant Commentary.
October Meeting: 10th Oct *New date
 Practical Class: TBA
Plant of the month: Guzmanias.
Guest Speaker: Q & A on Your Favourite Bromeliad.
Plant Competition: Mini Show see schedule below. 
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