I have been fascinated with Bromeliads since I first learned about then in 1975. I have been hybridizing them for more than 35 years. Here are a few photos with samples of some of my results.
Here are some views of my plants growing under shadecloth during our Michigan summer. If your travels should bring you to Southeast Michigan, feel free to contact me if you would like to try to arrange a visit. There's almost always something in bloom, though the best time to see my collection is during our summer growing season when all the plants are out in the shade house.
If you are interested in more information about bromeliads, I highly recommend the following sites: Bromeliad Encyclopedia - Florida Council of Bromeliad Societies , and Welcome to the Bromeliad Society International are both wonderful sites filled with information about bromeliad culture, and lots of great plant photos!
A hybrid grex using Billbergia 'Hallelujah' and Bill. "Sangre' as parents produced a veritable Billbergia collection with extraordinary variability! This one became my favorite. Now registered as B. 'Holy Grail'.
Vrieseas are a pain to hybridize. It takes a lot of time and space to grow out a grex to find out what is worth keeping, but when you get results like these, you tend to get suckered into continuing! This one is now registered as Vriesea 'Dreamsicle Orange'.. First bloom in August 2009.
Orthophytums are fun to grow.! They are relatively easy to grow from seed, reasonably quick to mature, and can produce some very interesting results. This one bloomed summer of 2017, and is now registered as Orthophytum 'Heavy Metal'. It is a hybrid of O. 'Iron Ore' x harleyi. This particular selection developed great pyramidal form that is unusual for the genus. It has shown uncommon vigor, maintaining its good form and most of its leaves even a full year after flowering, and as a bonus has produced a generous number of offshoots!
Neoregelia 'Perfect Harmony'- one of my early named hybrids, and a very useful parent in several of my more recent hybrids.
Neoregelia 'Sunny Delight'- blooming in summer of 2007. The Neo. cyanea parentage really shrinks the Neo. concentrica size down to a much more manageable size for indoor growing. Mature size is 12" across. At the Orlando WBC in 2012, one of my flowering plants received head table recognition as "Best Flowering Neoregelia".
Neoregelia 'Lavender Frost'- first flower on 7-23-08. This is a sibling out of the same grex as Neo. 'Sunny Delight'. It shows a lot more N. cyanea influence.
Neoregelia 'B.B.'s Beauty'- on display at the 2004 World Bromeliad Conference in Chicago. This plant was selected as "Best Neoregelia" in the Show. (photo courtesy of Michael Andreas)
During the summer of 2007, I had the opportunity to cross Hohenbergia leopoldo-horstii with H. correia-araujei. I managed to get a very limited number of seeds from the H. leopoldo-horstii. The cross has been quite uniform, as it should happen with primary species crosses. The influence of each parent is quite evident. (Photo from July 2013)
This just bloomed for the first time during July 2018, Billbergia 'Domingos Martins' x 'Fanfare'. The plant displays good character, with a slightly flared tubular rosette, strong spines, just enough foliage markings to make it interesting, and a spectacular inflorescence.
Neoregelia 'Smoky Amethyst' - blooming during the summer of 2008
Neoregelia 'African Queen'- blooming during the summer of 20007
A few more of my favorite registered hybrids
One of my more recent registrations. Neoregeliad 'Ain't Misbehavin' developed great color long before flowering.
First flowering April 2016
The banded Neoregelias are a lot of fun to grow. Most look great all of the time, and the flowers can be quite beautiful! Neoregelia 'Ting-A-Ling'
Markings are pretty nice from the side, too!
...and Jem's wild sibling, Neoregelia 'Scout'!
First bloom of a cross of Vr. 'Fireworks' x Vr. 'Poelmanii' photo taken on September 6, 2010. Flowers continued for over 8 weeks! From seed to flower it took just about 6 1/2 years. It's a pretty robust plant, close to 23" across, and 23" tall. The inflorescence has 10 branches.
This selection from a grex of Neo. ('Hatsumi' x Rien's Pride') x 'Small Wonder is a 'fascinating plant that first caught my attention during the summer of 2013. The sequence of photos shows the progression from June 2013 until first bloom in February of 2014! Now registered as Neoregelia 'Pink Paradox'
Vriesea 'Golden Starburst' produces a strong, erect branched inflorescence that provides long-lasting color. It has been a reliable grower, typically blooming mid to late summer.
A group of Neoregelia smithii hybrids blooming July 2020
For more photos of my registered hybrids, go to BSI Bromeliad Cultivar Registry Click on "Advanced Search" and enter "Wingert" in the "breeder" box. Click on the Search button and a list of my hybrids will appear on the left hand column.
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