Tillandsia jonesii

Jones' air plant

Tillandsia jonesii

Jones' air plant

  • Large but graceful grey Tillandsia
  • Lithophyte from Brasil
  • Suitable for drier tropical terrariums
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Description

Tillandsia jonesii is an interesting lithophytic (on rock) plant that was described and named by Teresia Strehl in 2008. T. jonesii grows primarily in the subtropical biome of southern Brazil. The unique colouration of the leaves makes this plant a highlight in the plant terrarium. The striking purple flowers are lined with pink bracts and arranged in spikes.

T. jonesii belongs to the type of "grey tillandsias". 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 an adhesive organ. In culture, such tillandsias are tied or glued to hard materials such as wood or stones. The species prefers a very light, airy place. Spray the plants with soft water about two to three times a week. Dipping is also possible. After watering, the plant should be allowed to dry. Ideally, an orchid and tillandsia fertiliser should be added every second watering during spring and summer.
Like almost all tillandsias, T. jonesii also forms several pups 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 tuft.

This medium-sized tillandsia can be wonderfully integrated into a medium to large dry forest, dry bush or savannah terrarium.

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Tillandsia jonesii
Cultivation options Epiphytic/Lithophytic
Growth height approx. 5 - 15 cm
Temperature approx. 15 - 30 °C
Humidity At least 60 %
Light requirement Bright to sunny, no direct sun at noon
Watering Spray every 2 - 3 days with soft, low-lime water, e.g. rainwater, or dip once a week
Fertilising In spring and summer, with every second watering, orchid or Tillandsia fertiliser
Propagation Formation of pups after flowering
Suitable for Dry forest, savannah terrariums
Cultivation options
Epiphytic/Lithophytic
Growth height
approx. 5 - 15 cm
Temperature
approx. 15 - 30 °C
Humidity
At least 60 %
Light requirement
Bright to sunny, no direct sun at noon
Watering
Spray every 2 - 3 days with soft, low-lime water, e.g. rainwater, or dip once a week
Fertilising
In spring and summer, with every second watering, orchid or Tillandsia fertiliser
Propagation
Formation of pups after flowering
Suitable for
Dry forest, savannah terrariums

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