Oh Kitty, I love Tillandsias. They are so cool. Very unique.
Some Tillandsias can be potted......as in T. cyanea. However most are much
better mounted. I've found that on Tillandsias, they are really easy to
grow, if you keep them misted but not soaked. Like the little ionanthas that one
sees readily available mounted on shells, or magnets or such for the
kitchen??? Bright light is essential with all, and a regular misting. Mom has a
tiny "tree" in a small pot, piece of branch and a cluster of the T. ionanthas
on top to form a tree......once a week or two she sticks it under the faucet
to wet it, lets it drip dry, and it sits on her kitchen window above the
sink....but she lives in very dry San Antonio, Tx. It is more humid here, so I
just spray mine with a spray bottle with rain water. Rule of thumb is if they
have silver foliage they take less water...misting. If they have green
foliage they can take more water and probably can be potted up more readily.
When potting up most bromeliads (except terrestrials) pot in orchid mix,
bark chips, or other very well draining medium, for excellent drainage.
I have found though.....this might be getting more technical....but there
are two types of Tillandsias....(as with orchids)...those from high altitudes
and those from low. Here, being pretty darn near sea level, we cannot grow
the high altitude plants at all. So perhaps this is something to consider as
well when purchasing the plants depending on your location.
A great source for Tillandsias is also Birdrock nursery out in California.
They carry a lot of the high altitude types. I'm not sure if Tropiflora
would carry that many, considering their location. Birdrock has a website
also: _http://www.birdrocktropicals.com/_ (http://www.birdrocktropicals.com/)
Texas Gulf Coast
In a message dated 5/16/2005 11:02:20 PM Central Standard Time,
What a find! Great site Noreen. I fell in love with Tillandsia funkiana -
How big are the plants they sell? I was looking at the Tillandsias briefly.
These can't be potted? Must they be mounted?
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