Tillandsia aeranthos

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Tillandsia aeranthos

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  • Grey Tillandsia from South America
  • Easy to keep
  • Floriferous
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Description

Tillandsia aeranthos is native to Argentina, Brazil and Bolivia. It is one of the hardiest of its kind and is characterised by its eagerness to flower.

T. aeranthos is a desert or dry Tillandsia and belongs to the "grey" Tillandsias. It prefers a very light, airy place in the terrarium without permanent humidity. These "air plants" take up nutrients and water exclusively from the atmosphere with the help of many small suction scales on their leaves. It is recommended to spray the Tillandsie with soft water twice or three times a week. Ideally, an orchid and Tillandsia fertiliser should be added every second watering during spring and summer. As with almost all Tillandsia species, T. aeranthos also forms several pups at its base after flowering. These can be separated carefully from a size of about one third of the mother plant. If they are not separated, they grow together to form a larger clump.

T. aeranthos can be integrated wonderfully into a desert or steppe terrarium. When well cared for, the plant is particularly eager to flower and stands out with its bright flower colour. The leaves themselves are very firm and rigid in shape and shimmer slightly grey.

Profile

Tillandsia aeranthos
Cultivation options Epiphytic
Growth height approx. 12 - 15 cm
Temperature approx. 20 - 25 °C
Humidity approx. 60 %
Light requirement Bright to sunny, no direct midday sun
Watering Depending on location, spray with soft, calcium-poor water approx. 1 x a week
Fertilising In spring and summer, with every second watering, orchid or Tillandsia fertiliser
Propagation Formation of pups after flowering
Suitable for Desert and dry terrariums
Other Flower: Pink bracts, bluish to violet flowers
Cultivation options
Epiphytic
Growth height
approx. 12 - 15 cm
Temperature
approx. 20 - 25 °C
Humidity
approx. 60 %
Light requirement
Bright to sunny, no direct midday sun
Watering
Depending on location, spray with soft, calcium-poor water approx. 1 x a week
Fertilising
In spring and summer, with every second watering, orchid or Tillandsia fertiliser
Propagation
Formation of pups after flowering
Suitable for
Desert and dry terrariums
Other
Flower: Pink bracts, bluish to violet flowers

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