October 30, 2014

Tillandsia cyanea Blossoms

Tillandseas first put on pink quills in July, with a first bloom in September. I was pleasantly surprised to find blossoms this morning.

Pink Quills last a long time, the blue blooms are sporadic and short-lived. 

I'm impatient for my other Bromeliad that grows quills to have new spathes. I don't know how long it takes the quill form Vriesea to bloom from a pup. With Bromeliads, there is always something to watch or watch for. 

Cooler weather is coming. 


outlawgardener said...

How exciting! I bought one of these in bloom last year and it's put out quite a few pups which will stay together. I'm looking forward to seeing the pups bloom some year! How warm do you keep your greenhouse in the winter?

Jean Campbell said...

Not as warm as you might believe, at night.

Keeping warm is not nearly as difficult as keeping the GH cool in daytime during winters here. We have a lot of sunny days when I have to open up and run fans.

Late in the afternoon I start closing up as the earth cools and before the sun goes down there's a last check to make sure the heaters are working.

On the nights that we have sub-freezing temperatures, I try my best to keep it from going cooler than about 40 degrees when the temps dip lowest outside. Usually the coldest dip is just before daybreak. When the dip is to something like 22º I just pray to keep above freezing inside until the sun comes up.

I'm going to keep gallon jugs of water in front of the heaters again this winter. I can't quote you any laws of physics that says this works, but I do believe that it mediates cooling just a little.

Heat blowing straight out into the air immediately rises to the ceiling. Heat that first strikes containers of water will warm that water the least bit and it will more slowly release into the surrounding air, is my belief. Do plants huddled around that slow release benefit, or not?

I believe that every little bit helps, which is why many pots have cache pots to sit in. A ceramic pot with a little air between it and a plastic pot holds in heat that would immediately release into the air from a plastic pot alone -- a little pot jacket if you will.

Alison said...

Oh, it never occurred to me that cachepots would provide insulation for a plastic pot, but it makes sense. Your post reminded me that my Tillandsias were soaking in the sink for the past 3 hours.

Jean Campbell said...

Next I'll be knitting little sweaters for them, Alison.

Winter or summer, when I pull a pot out of a cache pot, there are little peeper frogs hiding in there. I suppose they're keeping cool or warm, depending on the season.

Janie Jurkiewicz said...

One day my greenhouse will look as fabulous as your...green with envy!

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