Printer Friendly

Ordering bromeliads to bloom on cue.

Tropical bromeliads come from places with no marked seasonal differences in temperature or day length to trigger growth and flowering. As a result, their bloom season isn't entirely predictable. Christmas-jewels (Aechmea racinae) tends to produce its nodding cluster of yellow-tipped scarlet beads at holiday time. But not all plants perform on cue.

You can ensure flowering on many bromeliads (including the popular silverbanded, pink-plumed A. fasciata) by treating late bloomers with ethylene gas, Simply put the plant in a polyethylene bag, drop in a ripe apple, close the bag with twisted wire, and wait about a month for a flower spike to appear.

The apple generates enough ethylene to stimulate flower bud production. The principle is the same as that used to hasten ripening of kiwis or persimmons. (This same gas also hastens the maturing-and subsequent collapse-of flowers, cut or on the plant.)

Force in early November to have fully opened flowers by Christmas.
COPYRIGHT 1988 Sunset Publishing Corp.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 1988 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:Sunset
Date:Nov 1, 1988
Words:154
Previous Article:One acorn, 12 years later.
Next Article:An all-year border for the West's cold climates.
Topics:


Related Articles
The way you cut a dahlia flower has a lot to do with how it produces.
The dramatic bromeliads.
Tough-love beauties.
Hybridizing bromeliads for fun.
A note about: Pitcairnia oliva-estevae.
Florida East Coast Bromeliad Society.
Bromeliad basics: bromeliad pests.
18th BSI-WBC "Bromeliads downunder".
Get involved in conservation!
WBC 2008 Cairns, show report.

Terms of use | Copyright © 2017 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters