Tillandsia filifolia

Threadleaf air plant

Tillandsia filifolia

Threadleaf air plant

  • Fine-leaved air plant
  • Forms a bushy leaf rosette
  • Suitable for rainforest terrariums
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Description

Tillandsia filifolia is a medium-sized tropical Tillandsia species, first described in 1831 by Diederich Franz Leonhard von Schlechtendal and Ludolf Karl Adelbert von Chamisso. It is native to Central America from Mexico to Costa Rica, at an altitude of 100 - 1800 metres, and grows as an epiphyte in tropical forests with dry season. T. filifolia forms a grey-green, dense leaf rosette with roundish outline. The about 7 cm long leaves are fine and thread-like, hence the name filifolia that means "thread-leaved". Favourable conditions provided, this Tillandsia grows into a spike that produces pale pink to pale purple flowers.

Although it comes from seasonally dry forests, T. filifolia is counted among the green or rainforest Tillandsias that prefer a more humid milieu than the so-named grey Tillandsias. It is fastened on solid materials such as wood or rock. The plant likes a bright place, but without blazing midday sun if it gets daylight. It should be watered regularly, about 3 to 5 times per week, with soft water. That can be done by dipping as well as by spraying, so that the plant can absorb water and nutrients via its absorbent scales. However, permanent wetness between the leaf bases is not tolerated. 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.
After flowering, the mother plant begins to form small pups at the base. These can be carefully separated from a size of about one third of the mother plant. If they are not separated, they grow together to form a larger clump.

Tillandsia filifolia can be cultivated especially well epiphytically in tropical, rainforest-like terrariums. The fine, narrow leaves are arranged in a bushy rosette and thus create an optical effect like small cushions that are distributed in the terrarium.

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Tillandsia filifolia
Cultivation Options Epiphytic, freely hanging
Height 10 - 15 cm
Temperature 15 - 25 °C, cooler temperatures at night preferred
Humidity 50 - 70 %, good air circulation required
Light Requirement Indirect, bright light; cannot tolerate direct midday sun
Watering Soft, low-lime water. Regular spraying, avoid waterlogging
Fertilization Once a month with diluted, bromeliad-suitable liquid fertilizer
Propagation Offset (pup) formation at the base of the mother plant, seeds
Suitable for Small to medium-sized rainforest terrariums
Cultivation Options
Epiphytic, freely hanging
Height
10 - 15 cm
Temperature
15 - 25 °C, cooler temperatures at night preferred
Humidity
50 - 70 %, good air circulation required
Light Requirement
Indirect, bright light; cannot tolerate direct midday sun
Watering
Soft, low-lime water. Regular spraying, avoid waterlogging
Fertilization
Once a month with diluted, bromeliad-suitable liquid fertilizer
Propagation
Offset (pup) formation at the base of the mother plant, seeds
Suitable for
Small to medium-sized rainforest terrariums

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