Tillandsia fasciculata

Cardinal air plant

Tillandsia fasciculata

Cardinal air plant

  • Tall air plant
  • Robust and easy Tillandsia species
  • Forms grasslike tufts
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Description

Tillandsia fasciculata is one of the larger "air plant" species and widespread: from Florida and the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America to northern Brazil. It grows as an epiphyte on tree branches and trunks, e.g. in Florida in tree islands (hammocks) of grass swamps, in cypress swamps and pine forests. The spreading, grass-like rosettes of leaves form large tufts at the base due to offsprings over time. The leaves are arching, 30-70 cm long, coarse and grey-green with a brownish base. Occasionally 30-60 cm long, branched, red inflorescences appear. Of the Tillandsias, this is one of the more robust, easy to keep species.

Tillandsia fasciculata is counted among the "grey Tillandsia" type. They mostly 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. An orchid and Tillandsia fertiliser can be added with every second watering. Propagation is done by cutting off pups.

This robust, tall-growing Tillandsia is well suited to larger humid forest terrariums with thicker branches or trunks. In combination with other epiphytes such as mistletoe cacti (Rhipsalis) as well as climbing plants, Tillandsia fasciculata can be used to create natural-looking vegetation pictures.

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Tillandsia fasciculata
Cultivation Options Epiphytic, hanging or attached to wooden structures
Height 20 - 40 cm, depending on environment and care
Temperature 15 - 30 °C, frost-free
Humidity High humidity preferred, 60 - 80 %
Light Requirement Bright, indirect sunlight
Watering Regular spraying with soft water, avoiding waterlogging
Fertilization Monthly with diluted, bromeliad-friendly liquid fertilizer
Propagation Offsets (pups) forming at the base, and seeds
Suitable for Small to medium-sized terrariums, as an accent plant in rainforest or air terrariums
Cultivation Options
Epiphytic, hanging or attached to wooden structures
Height
20 - 40 cm, depending on environment and care
Temperature
15 - 30 °C, frost-free
Humidity
High humidity preferred, 60 - 80 %
Light Requirement
Bright, indirect sunlight
Watering
Regular spraying with soft water, avoiding waterlogging
Fertilization
Monthly with diluted, bromeliad-friendly liquid fertilizer
Propagation
Offsets (pups) forming at the base, and seeds
Suitable for
Small to medium-sized terrariums, as an accent plant in rainforest or air terrariums

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