Tillandsia growing epiphyte leaf plant of the genus Tillandsia also known as Airplant or Sky plant, Tillandsia perennial evergreen used as ornamental plant, can grow in mediterranean, subtropics, desert climate or as houseplant and growing in hardiness zone 10b+.
Leaves color green, purple, pink, red, gray, yellow or orange, mostly the colors mix with green-gray, and in some species change next to the bloom area to light colors, the leaves can be like hair (Spanish moss), linear and some can be with like bulb in the bottom, leaves absorb moisture from the rain or humidity.
Bracts color yellow, pink, orange, green, red or more than one color (not all the spices have barcts).
Flower color purple, yellow or white in roll shape or with 3 petals and small some, one stigma and three stamens, each plant bloom once in life, it takes few years to bloom.
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Requirements for Tillandsia growing and care:
Hang on, or sit on location, watering by spray or washing, more than 10C, watering depend on the weather in the summer once a week, in hot location need twice and also depend on the location, humidity, indoor or outdoor, in winter need once a week or every two weeks, in mild winter or not at all in wet winters, more than 3C, soft water (rain water or clean)
What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seedling / Seed / Vegetative reproduction
Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
Yes in order to get the same cultivars
Difficulties or problems when growing:
Sensitive to hard water
When is the best time to plant a Tillandsia / plant:
Pests and diseases:
Aphids, fungal, slugs, snails,
How to prune:
Dead and infected leaves
Size of the plant?
5-15cm, 2-6 feet
Growth speed in optimal condition:
Small amount of water
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Half Shade / Full Shade
Is it possible to grow as houseplant?
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Yes but not to bury it in the sand
Most of the year
General information about the flower:
Purple, yellow or white in roll shape or with 3 petals and small some, one stigma and three stamens, each plant bloom once in life, it takes few years to bloom.