Tillandsia bulbosa

Bulbous air plant

Tillandsia bulbosa

Bulbous air plant

  • Interesting rainforest Tillandsia
  • Snake-like curved leaves
  • Red bracts during blossom
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Description

Tillandsia bulbosa is an interesting Tillandsia from the humid tropics of America. It occurs in Central America, the Caribbean and northern and eastern South America as an epiphyte on trees. Similar to Tillandsia caput-medusae, it has snakelike curved leaves and a conspicuously thickened rosette base (pseudobulb, hence bulbosa: bulb-like). This species is also a so-called myrmecophyte: in nature, symbiotic ants nest between the broadened leaf bases of the pseudobulb. In cultivation, however, ants are not necessary. The leaf rosette is about 7 - 20 cm high. When the plant comes into flower, it forms striking red upper leaves and an inflorescence with blue-violet flowers in several spikes.

Tillandsia bulbosa belongs to 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 completely 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. The species likes a bright location, but without blazing midday sun if grown in daylight. The plant should be watered regularly with soft water. This can be done by dipping as well as by misting. However, constant wetness between the leaf bases is not tolerated and the plant should be allowed to dry off between waterings. Ideally, an orchid and Tillandsia fertiliser should be added every second watering during spring and summer.
Like almost all Tillandsias, T. bulbosa also forms several children at its base after flowering. These can be carefully separated from the mother plant when they reach a size of about one third. If they are not separated, they grow together to form a larger clump.

This rather small to medium-sized tillandsia is an exceptional looking epiphyte suitable for rainforest terrariums.

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Tillandsia bulbosa
Cultivation options Epiphytic (tying on, sticking)
Growth height approx. 25 - 40 cm
Temperature approx. 20 - 28 °C
Humidity At least 60 %
Light requirement Semi-shade; no direct sun
Watering Every 2 - 3 days per spraying or once a week by dipping with calcium-free water
Fertilising In spring and summer, with every second watering, orchid or Tillandsia fertiliser
Propagation Formation of pups after blooming
Suitable for Rainforest terrariums
Cultivation options
Epiphytic (tying on, sticking)
Growth height
approx. 25 - 40 cm
Temperature
approx. 20 - 28 °C
Humidity
At least 60 %
Light requirement
Semi-shade; no direct sun
Watering
Every 2 - 3 days per spraying or once a week by dipping with calcium-free water
Fertilising
In spring and summer, with every second watering, orchid or Tillandsia fertiliser
Propagation
Formation of pups after blooming
Suitable for
Rainforest terrariums

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