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Contents of Newsletter

  • Report of the May Meeting.
  • Guest Speaker: Bruce Dunstan in Conversation with Alan Pythian.
  • Practical Class: John Olsen on Mounting Tillandsias.
  • Show & Tell - Plants of Interest.
  • New Growers Session.
  • Results of May Popular Vote.
  • Upcoming Events.
  • 2019 Meeting Information.

Editor: Maxim Wilson

Use of PhytoClean Sanitiser
At a recent society meeting, PhytoClean was advised as a good sanitiser for use on bromeliads. Unfortunately, if used at the recommended strength as per the container, the effect can be problematic.
There are other products that may be more suitable.
If you choose to use PhytoClean, we suggest that you discuss the strength for use with the supplier and then test it on a small selection of plants prior to use on your total collection. Some members have found that scurfy plants seem to be softer and therefore more susceptible to damage from the full strength solution.
Special Notice
For the June meeting the presentation is Bring in YOUR favourite Bromeliad.
We'd like everyone to bring in a plant that is their favourite so we can share growing tips with others. President Barry will provide a SPECIAL prize for what he considers the best Favourite.

May Meeting Notes
Autumn Show.
President Barry Kable welcomed members and visitors.
Joy Constantino is our Publicity Officer and looks after our website. Joy would like some assistance dealing with FaceBook, Instagram and Twitter. Please contact Joy on email if you can help -


Main Talk featured Alan Pythian in conversation with Bruce Dunstan. 
Three areas covered were:
1.Alan and Dorothy's Garden.
2.Alan's work with Tillandsia ionantha, and
3.Alan's Vriesea Hybrids.

First shot shows his wall of T. ionanthas.

In the centre, we see a beautiful specimen of many Tillandsia ionanthas
mounted on a hockey stick.
This wall is of mostly Tillandsia tectorum.
Tillandsia flabellata is from their garden.
Beautiful Aroid foliage in their garden.
A Barry Genn Tillandsia Hybrid.
Tillandsia jalisco-monticola.
Another striking Tillandsia
from their garden.

Alan began hybridising Vrieseas 25 years ago with Vriesea fosteriana ‘Red Chestnut’. Red vrieseas were rare 20 years ago, fetching up to $900.
His goal was to produce plants with more intense red colors.
He selfed the 'Red Chestnut' for three generations producing hundreds of pups. 
He also crossed it with Vriesea ‘Angela’ which is a cultivar of fosteriana with reddish underleaves and originates from NSW. 
Making the cross:
Vrieseas flower only at night. Plans to hybridise can lead to an all-night vigil! The first flower might open at 8pm, while the other flower might not open till 4am! You can’t go to bed and wake after sunrise, because the cockroaches will have beaten you to make the pollination.

Selection procedure:
Alan grew hundreds of seedlings from each cross.
When they reached the 4 inch pot stage, he selected about 50% for the red colour, and binned the rest.

Vriesea fosteriana 'Red Chestnut'
Vriesea 'Angela', which is a cultivar
with one parent fosteriana.
A Vriesea by Alan Pythian.

and another.

This beauty was Dorothy's favourite,
so Alan named it for her,
old romantic that he is.
Another of Alan's Vrieseas.
In time, Alan produced so many seedlings, he ran out of room, and persuaded a couple of willing brom enthusiasts to grow them in their gardens.

Effect of climate on Vriesea colour:
Vrieseas imported from Hawaii to SEQ seem not to reproduce the brilliant colours seen in Hawaii. Likewise, Vrieseas imported from NZ seem not to colour up as well as in NZ.

Giant ionanthas. How did Alan do it?
He bought many ionanthas from Chris Larson at Collector’s Corner outside Melbourne. He grew them on a large wall but used reduced shade conditions to keep them green and to retard flowering. He fed them extra nitrogen to achieve the larger size.

A wall of mostly green Tillandsia ionanthas.
This T. ionantha is about 6 inches tall.
Another large T. ionantha.
We thank Alan and Bruce Dunstan for their presentation of Alan's extensive creative work in both Till ionanthas and Vriesea hybrids.
The Practical Class was taken by John Olsen who demonstrated
Mounting Tillandsias.
A pup of Till 'Bob's Pick' was fastened with a length of nylon stocking, onto a small board, which was hung up with a piece of anodised Aluminium wire.
Anodised Aluminium wire is wound round the pup starting at the base and finishing with a useful hook.
The wire can be bought on eBay:
47m x 2mm for $29.95.
This pic illustrates the mounting of a small pup on half a wine bottle cork.The pup is first attached with a dab of Wellbond Glue. Then a length of nylon stocking secures the pup until it's roots give further attachment.
People are asked to bring plants of interest, or needing an ID, for comment
for 10 minutes before the main meeting starts.
Aechmea filicaulis was brought in by Barbara Murray. It has a stunning long pendant inflorescence,
and comes from Venezuela.

Neoregelia pendula was displayed by  Barry Kable.

Neoregelia eleutheropetala was displayed by Barry Kable. Its stoloniferous habit cascaded about 2 metres from the basket. It grows quickly, and Barry donated several rosettes to the audience.

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 is called the Bromeliad Society of Queensland Community page.

Results of Popular Vote Competition.
1st. Neoregelia ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ by Christine Brittain.
2nd Tillandsia xerographica by Jenny Brittain.
3rd Tillandsia stricta by Steve Molnar.

1st Guzmania sanguinea by Maxim Wilson.
=2nd Tillandsia ‘Samantha’ by Maxim Wilson.
=2nd Tillandsia ‘Silverado’ by John Olsen.

1st Neoregelia ‘Lorena Lector’ by Barry Kable.
2nd Tillandsia xerographica by Nev Ryan.
=3rd Tillandsia hildae by Bruce Dunstan.
=3rd xSincoregelia ‘Galactic Warrior’ by Barry Kable.

Decorative Display
1st ‘Par's Garden’ by Christine Brittain.
2nd ‘Framed” by Alfonso Trudu.
3rd ‘Purple Funk’ by Jenny Brittain.

Neoregelia 'Lorena Lector' by Barry Kable.
Tillandsia xerographic by Nev Ryan.
Tillandsia hildae by Bruce Duncan.
xSincoregelia 'Galactic Warrior'
by Barry Kable.
Guzmania sanguinea by Maxim Wilson.
Tillandsia 'Samantha' by Maxim Wilson.
Tillandsia 'Silverado' by John Olsen.
Neoregelia 'Absolutely Fabulous' by Christine Brittain.
Tillandsia xerographica
by Jenny Brittain.
Tillandsia stricta by Steve Molnar.
'Par's Garden' by Christine Brittain.
'Framed' by Alfonso Trudu.
'Purple Funk' by Jenny Brittain.

Focus on Rare Plant.
Tillandsia hildae from Bruce Dunstan.
It comes from Peru, named by
Werner Rauh for his wife Hilda.
It’s natural habitat is a dry arid climate,
so Bruce grows it in
diatomaceous earth
which ensures good drainage.
He got it as a pup 6 years ago and has three offsets which will be potted
in August as the climate warms.
Bruce gives it full sun from 9am to 3pm.
It is thought to be self-sterile, and in 2013 it was crossed with Tillandsia fasciculata by George Stamatis, and the seedlings are 4inches high after 6 years.

Here is Tillandsia hildae
with its inflorescence.

6 July - New Grower's Session
A session for new growers at Pam Butlers. Watch your email for more details.

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 12midday 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 - Spring 2019
Saturday 2nd to Sunday 3rd November.
Belmont Shooting Complex,
1485 Old Cleveland Road, Belmont.

5 December 2019 - Christmas Party
Another exciting night to add to you calendar. Save the date.

The next Tillandsia Day will be on
Sunday 22nd February, 2020.

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

June Meeting
Practical Class: Q and A Problems in Bromeliads.
Guest Speaker: Please Bring in Your Favourite Bromeliad, and
Bruce Dunstan will lead the discussion.
Plant of the month: hybrids.
Plant Competition: 
Popular Vote - see schedule below.
July Meeting
 Practical Class: Preparing plants for competition.
Plant of the month: Foliage vrieseas.
Guest Speaker: Chris Larson talking on Paradisia Nurseries.
Plant Competition: Mini Show see below for details. 
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