Sunday, February 7, 2010

Random plant event: Vriesea ospinae var. gruberi flowering

My plant at home isn't doing anything exciting, and WCW (who also bought one of these when they came in) said hers isn't either, but the three plants remaining at work (There were six to begin with, which means that one was actually purchased by a customer! This is very exciting!) have all decided to bloom. Not that the inflorescences are anything to get terribly excited about --


-- but we've certainly seen worse.


Will my plant flower at home? I'm not going to hold my breath. I'd be okay with it if the plant wanted to, though, especially if lots of offsets ensued.


15 comments:

lynn'sgarden said...

The foliage alone is beautiful enough...but to see that bloomnig stalk! So Mr_Subj...are you on their hotline when something exciting is about to happen at the greenhouse or do you visit on a regular schedule..lol!

mr_subjunctive said...

I'm just in there that often. I actually wish they would call when interesting stuff was going on, or at least ask me if there's anything I'm looking for before they put in an order, but no.

Paul said...

Hmmm, perhaps the inflorescence will color up as it matures? (Never had nor have seen this particular species before.)

If you ever truly get antsy for a bloom, you can always give it the "apple treatment". Don't know if it is common to all Vriesea or just to my V. spendens, but I was told (and mine followed in stereotypical fashion) that V splendens typically only forms one pup. And again mine did just that after blooming -- right from the center of the mother plant.

mr_subjunctive said...

Well, there are some Vrieseas with yellow inflorescences; I wouldn't be surprised if this was the only color it ever got.

Probably the apple thing would work; I've never tried it with any of my bromeliads (which somehow I have wound up with sixty of them, says the spreadsheet), but I'm okay with V. ospinae, etc., staying like it is for as long as it wants to.

I know not all Vrieseas offset from the center, because I bought one of the smaller hybrid varieties specifically because it had five offsets on it. This particular plant, though, looks a lot more like V. splendens than it does like the five-offsetting hybrid. We'll see.

Karen715 said...

Nothing to get excited about? I think it is beautiful. But then I'm in the midst of some sort of Brom lust, so don't mind me.

The Plantman said...

I like it. I'm going with yellow inflorescence. Who knows tho, maybe pink? I'm using banana peels on my Ananas Broms. It's not working however. I've also heard epsom salts dressing on the soil can help poke a reluctant Bromeliad along. I think light levels have much to do with it along with maybe a little free will of the plant.

cconz said...

I'm that customer!!! I bought one friday. Small world huh! I've never had a bromeliad. But, this really caught my eye when i walked in.

mr_subjunctive said...

cconz:

Small world indeed. Is yours blooming, perchance? I was in there today, and WCW told me that hers at home had started to.

(Mine still isn't doing anything. I like it anyway.)

The Plantman:

WCW did say that she had hers basically right next to a huge artificial light, so it could well be a lighting issue as much as anything. My plant is fairly close to what I think is a pretty bright artificial light, plus it gets a little natural light, so maybe that's not all. But it wouldn't surprise me if light was a big part, at least.

As far as the banana thing: I haven't ever heard of using bananas for inducing blooms. Bananas ripen faster in the presence of ethylene (the gas apples produce), but I didn't think they produced any themselves. I suppose I should look this up.

Karen715:

It's okay. They have some mixed colors of small Vriesea hybrids at ex-work now, offsets of an old order that are now mature enough to flower on their own, and there's a pretty neat dark purple and dark red among them. The yellow doesn't do that much for me, but to each his/r own, I guess.

I really don't care. The foliage is awesome enough.

mr_subjunctive said...

cconz:

Wait. You bought it this last Friday? Then it must be blooming, right? I don't think they had any left that weren't.

James Missier said...

Hope the bloom don't get too tall and collapse by its own weight.
That would be very painful to watch the plant out of propotion.

Autumn Belle said...

I always get very excited whenever my foliage plants bloom, eventhough the flower may be green, or small or hardly noticeable. I alwyas take it as a good sign. I have tried the apple peel treatment on my potted pineapple plant at 18 mths and it worked.

Greensparrow said...

Mr. S, yes bananas produce ethylene -- all fruit which ripen in response to enthylene also produce it, it is a positive feed back thing. Bananas produce lots and lots of it. Also, as far as I know, it works on the whole bromeliad family -- it is standard practice in commercial production of flowering bromeliads.

Greensparrow said...

I should clarify: applying ethylene is standard practice -- but they use cool little ethylene sprays, not apples and bananas.

faroutflora said...

Love the bromeliad!!! I bet yours will flower. The flowers last for months.

hydroponics said...

This plant that you post was not a flowering plant? I once saw it in our neighbors house.