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The Bromeliad So­ci­ety of Australia will hold their next meet­ing at the Federation Pav­il­ion, Cas­tle Hill Show­ground on Sat­ur­day, 12

May with plant sales com­menc­ing at 11:00 AM prior to the meet­ing. Ac­cess is via the new Show­ground en­trance off Show­ground Road into Do­ran Drive, Cas­tle Hill with plenty of park­ing on site.

Dis­cus­sion at this meet­ing will in­clude the dif­fer­ent bromeliad species that have unique pup­ping habits. Most tank-form­ing bromeli­ads set new pups at the base of the mother plant, just be­low the low­est leaves and these are usu­ally the eas­i­est to prop­a­gate.

How­ever, a few bromeli­ads have a ten­dency to pro­duce what are known as grass pups. These are very small pups that rise from the base of the base of the plant, usu­ally be­fore flow­er­ing has oc­curred. They can be re­moved and grown on. Species that pro­duce grass pups of­ten do so in large num­bers, for ex­am­ple Til­land­sia virid­i­flora, Al­cantarea im­pe­ri­alis and Vriesea gluti­nosa.

In­cluded in this pre­sen­ta­tion will be the meth­ods of sep­a­rat­ing non-stolonif­er­ous bromeli­ads and a demon­stra­tion for the tricky bromeli­ads where the pups grow up between mum’s leaves.

“Mem­ber­ship to the Bromeliad So­ci­ety of Australia is just $30 for the first year than $25 an­nu­ally. If you would like to ar­range a mem­ber­ship please con­tact the mem­ber­ship sec­re­tary on email: Mem­[email protected] or just come along to a cou­ple of meet­ings to see if this is what you are look­ing for – I’m sure you won’t be dis­ap­pointed” said Ian Hook, Pres­i­dent, BSA.

BSA meet­ings in­clude in­ter­est­ing guest speak­ers, plant sales, club news, raf­fles and com­pe­ti­tions as well as pro­vid­ing an op­por­tu­nity to meet with like-minded peo­ple in a friendly and invit­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

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