any ideas what this is ?

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any ideas what this is ?

Post by delboy12 » Thu Oct 31, 2013 11:00 pm

been growing this for about 5 years ,a friend gave it to me.and now this happening icon_scratch
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Re: any ideas what this is ?

Post by stephenprudence » Thu Oct 31, 2013 11:02 pm

Fascicularia bicolor? A bromeliad from Chile I think? It has flowered!

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Post by GREVILLE » Fri Nov 01, 2013 12:13 am

Agree. I have a mature one of these and that is exactly what it does every year.

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Re: any ideas what this is ?

Post by Dave Brown » Fri Nov 01, 2013 8:25 am

Very good pic of the plant. icon_thumright

They are relatively hardy.... down to at least -6C here.
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Re: any ideas what this is ?

Post by multim » Fri Nov 01, 2013 8:55 am

Yes, that's what it is. I've grown Fasicularia for years without protection - without issue. This year I decided to move it and reduce the size as it had spread too much for its position. Out it came easily due to shallow roots and I divided it with an axe! The older parts of the plant were discarded and the young growth planted in its new position where it is doing well and red as a baboons bottom!

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Re: any ideas what this is ?

Post by simon » Fri Nov 01, 2013 1:13 pm

Nice pictures. The flowers never look that good on mine, they seem to attract the slugs.

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Post by Clive60 » Fri Nov 01, 2013 5:39 pm

I have had two for five years and they are about 18" across and they haven't flowered they don't look particularly interesting or exotic with no colour or flowers so I am going to dig them out and dispose of them and plant two Chamy Cerifera in their place.

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Re: any ideas what this is ?

Post by JoelR » Mon Nov 25, 2013 10:52 am

Looks like Fascicularia bicolor ssp. bicolor, less hardy than ssp. canaliculata and not totally hardy this far north. I've read reports that it's very shy to flower but mine flowers most years around now when I move it into the greenhouse.

Anyone growing related Ochagavia's? I got as couple of seedlings of O. carnea from a grower on Ebay last year. now making good plants with offsets but no flowers yet.

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