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My brom has spikage!!!

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    Default My brom has spikage!!!

    Rather geeked about this! I've had the plant for quite a few years. Got it in bloom from a BBS. It produced one pup after that but while the pup slowly got bigger & bigger, it showed no signs of blooming. Finally I happened to post a query about it on another forum. Kind soul there informed me that that apple routine I planned on trying should be effective but if I waited & got the plant bigger yet it would produce a larger spike. Then she told me that the plant would be fully mature at 3 ft [approx 1 m] in diameter! [The 'parent' had barely been 1ft across.] Well needless to say after laughing myself silly I immediately gave it the apple treatment. That was about 3 months ago. Today I saw the beginnings of the spike. It's about 1 inch [5 cm] tall now. cool cool cool

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    What's the apple treatment? And do post pics! I don't know much about Broms.

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    Yes, what is the apple treatment? We have several broms from Gin. Ours bloom, but it would be nice to know any trick to help them bloom better!

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    This is what I found on the web , I have heard about it but not tried it .. Sorry for butting in . Gin

    First pour off any water in the bromeliad cup. Obtain a fragrant ripening apple and enclose it and the bromeliad in a sealed, clear plastic bag. Keep the bagged plant out of the sun, but in a warm place. after one week remove the bag and apple and return the bromeliad to its former location.

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    WooHoo Good for you!!!!!!! We are so proud!!! hey wait I don't have a spike on my brom??? and I don't have any apples!!!
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    The apple treatment would then be using ethylene gas to induce a spike. Ripening fruit - particularly apples - give off ethylene. The trouble is ethylene, a byproduct of fruit maturation, also triggers flower drop.

    I suspect it speeds the entire blooming process. So use it carefully. A little goes a long way

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gin View Post
    This is what I found on the web , I have heard about it but not tried it .. Sorry for butting in . Gin

    First pour off any water in the bromeliad cup. Obtain a fragrant ripening apple and enclose it and the bromeliad in a sealed, clear plastic bag. Keep the bagged plant out of the sun, but in a warm place. after one week remove the bag and apple and return the bromeliad to its former location.
    Gin's got it down well though I was advised to only leave the plant bagged for 24 hours and instead did 48. I didn't empty the 'cup' out either and I had several apples in the bag not one -- cuz I had a bunch on hand.

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    The apple treatment would then be using ethylene gas to induce a spike. Ripening fruit - particularly apples - give off ethylene. The trouble is ethylene, a byproduct of fruit maturation, also triggers flower drop.

    I suspect it speeds the entire blooming process. So use it carefully. A little goes a long way

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    I had been surprised to hear that ethylene could cause bud drop since I knew it could induce spiking in broms. Course it is possible that it affects different plants differently.

    Anyone know what if any affect it could have on an orchid or other plant types to induce flowering? [Truthfully, I really wouldn't expect it to do much for inducing orchdis to bloom, but might almost be interesting to try if one has a nonbloomer one is fed up with. ]

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    I don't know if ethylene causes bud drop. It will cause flower drop, though. The difference is, bud drop is an abortion of the blooming cycle. Petal drop or flower drop is a hastening of the blooming cycle: as if the plant hurries through the whole thing just to get it over. I think that's more what ethylene does, but I'd love to hear from some botanical chemist.

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    Yeah, dont put a hyacinth next to your plants either. Ethylene will cause blasting.

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