Thursday, August 30, 2012

Making a Neroegelia Kahili

Some species of Bromeliad reproduce by stolens. In nature, the stolens root into the ground, where they establish roots.  One can use this characteristic in cultivation, to display the plants. In this article, I will demonstrate how to build a Kahili, using very inexpensive materials.

The bromeliad species I used is Neoregelia Fireball 'Donger.'

You will need some welded wire fencing with 2" x 4" holes. You can purchase this in different widths. I chose 36" wide by 18" long to make two Kahili. The cooler pad is an inexpensive alternative to Sphagnum moss or Coco Fiber to line the inside.

Cut out the frame of the Kahili, leaving 1/2" of wire at one end. You will fold this over to fasten.

Cut a piece of cooler pad to match the frame, leaving a very small overlap. The overhanging netting will be used for the bottom to hold the potting soil.

Shape the frame and pad into a circle, fastening the 1/2" wire.
This is what the Kahili should look like at this stage.

Take the hanger you will use to hang the finished product, and cut off two pieces of excess wire. Weave the wire through the excess netting and bend the ends around the bottom of the Kahili.
The bottom of the Kahili should look like this.

This is what the inside should look like.

Fill the Kahili with a good quality potting soil, and attach the hanger.

The Kahili is ready for its plants.

Cut the stolens off the host plant that you wish to use on the Kahili, using a single edge razor blade. Make the cuts at a slight angle, so the pointed end can penetrate the cooler pad more easily.

Insert the stolens in a uniform pattern into the Kahili. Since Bromeliads get their moisture from the rosettes of the leaves, it may be necessary to tie the stolens against the Kahili until the roots are established.

Hang the finished product, label, water and enjoy!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Monday, August 20, 2012

                      Our Puyas are now available at Majestic Palms Nursery in Bakersfield, Ca.
                                         7500 Rosedale Highway Bakersfield, CA 93308
                                                                 (661) 589-1073


Monday, July 30, 2012

Our Puyas are now available at GROW rare and unusual succulent nusery in Cambria, California

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The development of a Puya Berteroniana Inflorescence

April 17, 2012

Puya Berteroniana about to bloom for the first time. I sowed the seeds almost 10 years ago. More pictures to follow as it progresses.......

April 21,2012

 The Inflorescence rapidly begins to develop its laterals.

It is necessary to protect this tender, succulent part of the plant from snails...

 The Inflorescence also rapidly gains height, sometimes reaching 7 feet tall.

April 23, 2012

The inflorescence rapidly develops. The tempertaure in Bakersfield was almost 100 degrees fahrenheit yesterday. Puyas can thrive in that heat with sufficient water.


The flower buds are rapidly developing, and.......


It just keeps going and going.....

May 3, 2012

May 3, 2012

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Raising Baby Puyas-The Next Step

This batch of Puya Venusta was sown in October, 2011.

As we remove the dome, we see that the seedlings have done quite well.

I use a stick to uproot each seedling.

Use the stick to make a hole in the seedling's new home.

I also use the stick to shove the root mass down into the soil.

A completed batch, labeled. We should be able to move them up into 4" pots in about 6 months.