Tillandsia bergeri

Berger's air plant

Tillandsia bergeri

Berger's air plant

  • Epiphyte from southeastern South America
  • Forms hanging bushes
  • For rainforest and subtropical terrariums
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Description

Tillandsia bergeri grows as an epiphyte on trees in southern Brazil (Santa Catarina) and north-eastern Argentina. This area is subtropical with warm, humid summers and cool, drier winters, even with occasional light frosts. The species was described by Carl Christian Mez in 1916 and named after the German botanist Alwin Berger. A synonym is Tillandsia dianthoidea var. grisea. It is a smaller species, but forms quite long, drooping, branched shoots and becomes densely bushy with time. The firm, stiff leaves are of a light green with a silvery sheen.

Although it originates from climates with cool, dry winters, Tillandsia bergeri is counted among the green or rainforest Tillandsias, which prefer a more humid environment than the so-called grey Tillandsias. Nevertheless, it is an "air plant" that can absorb water and nutrients entirely via absorbent scales on the leaves. The roots serve mainly as adhesive roots. The plant is attached to a solid base such as wood or stone. It prefers regular humidification and grows best in a bright to semi-shaded area, in daylight cultivation without direct sunlight. Watering can be done by dipping as well as by misting. After watering, the plant should be allowed to dry off. Optimally, an orchid and Tillandsia fertiliser is added every second watering during spring and summer.
Over time, side shoots form, especially on shoots that have flowered. These can be cut off for propagation. If they are not separated, a larger bush will gradually develop from many shoots.

This epiphyte from southeastern South America is particularly suitable for temperate rainforest terrariums and subtropical humid forest terrariums with a cool, drier winter period. As the temperature rises, the plant needs more water and higher humidity. If flowering occurs, the narrow inflorescences are usually overhanging and covered with pink-purple flowers. This plant can be tied up particularly well, even in a hanging position, and is especially impressive as a bush of several shoots.

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Tillandsia bergeri
Cultivation options Epiphytic
Growth height up to 15 cm
Temperature approx. 20 - 25 °C
Humidity At least 60 %
Light requirement Bright to sunny; no direct sun
Watering Moderately, once a week by spraying or dipping with calcium-free water
Fertilising In spring and summer, with every second watering, orchid or Tillandsia fertiliser
Propagation Separation of side pups
Suitable for Temperate rainforest terrariums, subtropical humid forest terrariums
Cultivation options
Epiphytic (tying on, sticking)
Growth height
up to 15 cm
Temperature
approx. 20 - 25 °C
Humidity
At least 60 %
Light requirement
Bright to sunny; no direct sun
Watering
Moderately, once a week by spraying or dipping with calcium-free water
Fertilising
In spring and summer, with every second watering, orchid or Tillandsia fertiliser
Propagation
Separation of side pups
Suitable for
Temperate rainforest terrariums, subtropical humid forest terrariums

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Item no.
192.0179.02
EAN
Weight 0,02 kg
Shipping weight 0,13 kg

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