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Jan. 29

The Extension Connection Column by Jeff Stachler

Upcoming Meetings and Blushing Bromeliad

Hi!!  Hope you are having a great day!

Meeting season is here.  Here are some dates that you should keep in mind.  On February 2, 2021 NDSU will be hosting a dry bean Getting-It-Right virtual meeting and on February 17, 2021 they will be hosting a soybean Getting-It-Right virtual meeting.  To register for these meetings, visit the following website:  https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/carringtonrec/events .  Starting on February 11, 2021, NDSU will be offering the Livestock Drought Planning Webinar Series.  To register for this series of meetings visit the following website:  https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/drought .  It is getting time for Barley and Wheat commodity elections.  This year we will have a virtual meeting before each election so come early to participate in the meeting.  Both meetings will start at 9:00 AM and elections will be held at 10:00 AM.  The barley meeting is February 19, 2021 and the wheat meeting is February 23, 2021.  To register for the barley meeting go to https://tinyurl.com/D2barley .  To register for the wheat meeting go to https://bit.ly/2021ExtensionWheatUpdate .  Griggs County Pesticide Recertification is back!  There will be two meeting date choices, one on February 23, 2021 starting at 12:30 PM and the other on March 18, 2021 starting at 9:00 AM.  To register for these pesticide recertification meetings, go to https://tinyurl.com/GriggsPrivate .  Maximum capacity for the meeting due to COVID-19 restrictions is 40, so get your registrations in soon.  If you have questions about registering for any of these meetings feel free to contact the extension office at 701-797-3312 or e-mail Jeff Stachler at jeff.stachler@ndsu.edu

Blushing bromeliad is a member of the bromeliaceae or bromeliad family in which pineapple is a member.  The scientific name for blushing bromeliad is Neorogelia carolinae.  Blushing bromeliad is native to Brazil, Columbia, and Peru and grows naturally on trees in the rainforest or among other species on the forest floor.

Blushing bromeliads form a rosette of long (about 1 foot) narrow shiny leaves with a spiny margin.  The carolinae or perfecta tricolor variety has the most attractive leaves of this species, having green and whitish colored stripes along the length of each leaf.

Before plants begin to flower, the center of the plant or the base of the leaves will turn a deep pinkish red color. The cluster of small non-showy flowers that are violet in color eventually make their way out of the small bracts flowering at any time of the year.

After the plant flowers, it will begin to die off as it only flowers once.  As it is dying off the plant will go through the process of producing pups which can be removed and propagated into the next flowering plants.  When removing the pups wait to remove them until roots begin to grow or they reach about a third of the size of the mother plant and cut them off as close to the main stem as possible. Use a well-drained loose potting media when planting the pups. 

The plants should be kept at room temperature or higher.  Blushing bromeliads like bright light, although filtered sun or some combination of sun and shade is best.  Blushing bromeliads need little fertilizer as too much can cause leaf color loss.  It is best to provide high humidity for the blushing bromeliad.  Water the plants with luke-warm water and place some of the water into the base of the plant. 

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