Tillandsia caerulea

Blue air plant

Tillandsia caerulea

Blue air plant

  • Epiphyte from Peru and Ecuador
  • Exudes a pleasant scent
  • Densely branched bushes
  • For desert or steppe terrariums
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Description

Tillandsia caerulea is native to Ecuador and Peru at an altitude of about 900 - 2700 metres. It is often found there in arid regions as an epiphyte on trees and other woody plants. It is called caerulea, "sky-blue", because of its light purple to blue, funnel-shaped flowers, which are arranged in spikes. This species forms bushes of many shoots up to about 25 - 40 cm long with thin stems and narrow, grey-green leaves.

Tillandsia caerulea is classified as a "grey Tillandsia". These usually come from drier, more exposed places than the so-called green tillandsias. They often grow higher up in the treetops, in dry forests or even in 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 hard materials such as wood or stones. The species prefers a very light, airy place. Man sprüht die Pflanzen ungefähr zwei- bis dreimal pro Woche mit weichem Wasser tropfnass ein. Auch Tauchen ist möglich. Nach dem Wässern soll die Pflanze abtrocknen können. Ideally, an orchid and tillandsia fertiliser should be added every second watering during spring and summer.
T. caerulea forms many side shoots, especially on shoots that have flowered. These can be cut off for propagation. If they are left, a large bush will develop over time.

This graceful plant is fragrant when in flower, which is extremely rare for a Tillandsia. Its many-shoot silvery grey bushes have a squarrose appearance. Tillandsia caerulea can be wonderfully integrated into a small or medium-sized desert or steppe terrarium.

Profile

Tillandsia caerulea
Cultivation options Epiphytic (tying on, sticking)
Growth height approx. 25 - 40 cm
Temperature approx. 20 - 25 °C
Humidity ca. 60 %
Light requirement Bright to sunny, no direct sun at noon
Watering Depending on location, in summer spray daily with lime-free water dripping wet, in winter 1 - 2 x per week
Fertilising In spring and summer, with every second watering, orchid or Tillandsia fertiliser
Propagation Formation of pups after blooming
Suitable for Desert and dry terrariums
Other Flower: Light purple to blue, funnel-shaped flowers, arranged in spikes
Cultivation options
Epiphytic (tying on, sticking)
Growth height
approx. 25 - 40 cm
Temperature
approx. 20 - 25 °C
Humidity
ca. 60 %
Light requirement
Bright to sunny, no direct sun at noon
Watering
Depending on location, in summer spray daily with lime-free water dripping wet, in winter 1 - 2 times per week
Fertilising
In spring and summer, with every second watering, orchid or Tillandsia fertiliser
Propagation
Formation of pups after blooming
Suitable for
Desert and dry terrariums
Other
Flower: Light purple to blue, funnel-shaped flowers, arranged in spikes

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192.0185.02
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