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Discussion in 'Other Plants' started by longk, Sep 11, 2012.

  1. shiney

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    If you were in S. Africa or an Arab country you wouldn't be able to call it that. :nonofinger: It's non PC :whistle:
     
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      pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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      Billbergia??
       
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        Queen's (Baby's) Tears, Billbergia Nutans, along with Spathiphyllums and a good size Dacaena.
        What name do you know it by @redstar
         
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        I call it queen's tears. I know the other name is Billbergia Nutans. that is what I know it by. It was split this past summer into three hunks, or it would be bigger. Gave away two hunks to two friends. and re-potted it. hope it can sit for 2 more summers without getting to big for the pot, which I bought larger for it. but that is the uncommon name for it "friendship plant" as you have to find someone who wants a hunk sooner or later. I did send a huge hunk down with a friend to plant in her florida garden so it should just go crazy there.
         
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          @redstar I still have the variegated one and I am constantly dividing it. I also still have the big brother Billbergia windii. Neither flower in the winter, usually early summer, they are in the greenhouse, Billbergia pyramidalis variegata is in the warmer conservatory as it is less hardy.
          I know of some over here that have overwintered B nutans outside but my garden is very frost prone and would die very quickly.
           
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            I have one outdoors and it is doing fine despite the garden having seen -7°c. It is in a pot which is about 30cm off the ground in the branches of a Viburnum which keeps it dry.
             
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              I did put my B nutans var outside at the end of April a coupe of years ago and they were burnt by frost, definitely not as hardy as the type. I hope yours survive the rest of the winter.:smile:
               
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              If anyone had a bit going spare I wouldn't mind it.:smile:
              I had a plant some years ago, but left it out all winter and it died.
               
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              I just move my queen tears outside on the deck in May, back inside in October. then it blooms now end of december for weeks. and every 2 or 3 summers I wack it in thirds, give away two of them, and put back in pot. I wack/split it like one would a huge hosta. Pull the thing out of the pot, lay it on the side, good foot to shovel and push through with all my might.
               
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                I have massive clumps of Billbergia nutens all over the garden, in the ground and in pots, all in semi-shade positions. One clump is about 35 years old! She began life as a tiny plant from Woolworth's in Buckinghamshire, moved to Germany for some 25 years then onward to Portugal. :spinning:
                 
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                  Good evening this Orchid seems to like it in the bathroom:smile:

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                    DSC_0023.JPG This plant just flowers every year, hardly any work, minimum water and only started from new cuttings about every 5 yrs.
                    Columnea hirta.
                     
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