Tillandsia balbisiana

Northern needleleaf

Tillandsia balbisiana

Northern needleleaf

  • Epiphyte with pseudobulbs
  • About 30 - 60 cm in height
  • Suitable for semi-humid tropical terrariums
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Description

Tillandsia balbisiana is a fairly widespread "air plant": from South Florida and Mexico, through the Caribbean and Central America to Colombia and Venezuela. It grows in tropical semi-humid forests as an epiphyte on trees. This approximately 30 to 60 cm tall plant develops a loose rosette of grey-green, recurved leaves that form a slender pseudobulb with their spoon-shaped widened leaf bases. The branched inflorescences produce a few purple, tubular flowers. At the base of the leaf rosette, one or a few plantlets (pups) appear. The main rosette dies after flowering, but growth continues through the pups.

Tillandsia balbisiana is counted among the "grey Tillandsia" type. They usually come from drier, exposed places such as treetops, dry forests or even deserts with a lot of fog. These atmospheric plants absorb water and nutrients from rain, mist and dust completely via the many absorbent scales on the leaves. The roots, if still present, serve as adhesive roots. In culture, such Tillandsias are tied or glued to materials such as wood or stones. The light requirement is rather high. Higher humidity is favourable, but the air should not be very humid all the time and stagnate, because the plants will rot if they cannot dry off. Therefore "Grey Tillandsias" are not well suited for rainforest terrariums, or they need a drier, well ventilated place in them. One sprays the plants with soft water dripping wet about two to three times a week. Dipping is also possible. After watering, the plant should be allowed to dry off. An orchid and Tillandsia fertiliser can be added with every second watering. Propagation is done by cutting off offspring when they are about one third the size of the mother plant.

This slightly larger growing Tillandsia has an interesting appearance with its slender leaf rosettes thickened at the bottom and irregularly curved leaves. It fits well in larger wet forest terrariums with thicker branches or stems.

Profile

Tillandsia balbisiana
Cultivation Options Epiphytic, mounted, or free-floating
Growth Height 30 - 50 cm
Temperature 15 - 30 °C, frost-free
Humidity 50 - 70 %, can tolerate higher levels briefly
Light Requirement Bright, indirect light; can also tolerate direct morning sun
Watering Regular spraying or brief soaking, avoid waterlogging
Fertilization Every 4 weeks with special bromeliad or orchid fertilizer in very weak concentration during the growth period
Propagation Offsets from the mother plant, seeds
Suitable for Small to medium-sized terrariums, as part of epiphyte trees, in air gardens
Cultivation Options
Epiphytic, mounted, or free-floating
Growth Height
30 - 50 cm
Temperature
15 - 30 °C, frost-free
Humidity
50 - 70 %, can tolerate higher levels briefly
Light Requirement
Bright, indirect light; can also tolerate direct morning sun
Watering
Regular spraying or brief soaking, avoid waterlogging
Fertilization
Every 4 weeks with special bromeliad or orchid fertilizer in very weak concentration during the growth period
Propagation
Offsets from the mother plant, seeds
Suitable for
Small to medium-sized terrariums, as part of epiphyte trees, in air gardens

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Item no.
192.0175.01
EAN
Weight 0,01 kg
Shipping weight 0,04 kg

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