Tillandsia juncea

Rush-like air plant

Tillandsia juncea

Rush-like air plant

  • Aerial plant with rush-like leaves
  • Up to 35 cm tall
  • Impressive epiphyte
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Description

Tillandsia juncea grows from Mexico to Bolivia and eastern Brazil on tree trunks and branches, from lowland to mountainous areas. It grows firmly on the bark with adhesive roots and slowly forms clumps of many leaf rosettes. With its long, thin leaves, this large Tillandsia, about 35 cm high, resembles rushes (Juncus), hence its name. Several forms of this species are in cultivation. It forms narrow, violet flowers with yellow stamens on slender inflorescences. After flowering, the respective rosette of leaves dies off, but before that it forms pups at the base.

Flower

Tillandsia juncea is counted among the "Grey Tillandsia" type. These mostly come from drier places like treetops, dry forests or even deserts with little rain but lots of mist. These "air plants" absorb water and nutrients completely via the many absorbent scales on the leaves, even from very humid air. The roots, if still present, serve as adhesive roots. In culture, such Tillandsias are tied or glued to solid materials such as wood or stones. The light requirement is rather high. Higher humidity is favourable, but not constantly very humid, stagnant air, because the plants must be able to 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. An orchid and Tillandsia fertiliser can be added with every second watering. Propagation is done by separating individual pups or dividing the bunch.

With its tall, fine-leaved "grass bushes", Tillandsia juncea is an unusual epiphyte and looks best where it has plenty of space, even on vertical branches and trunks. Especially older clumps with many leaf rosettes and inflorescences look impressive.

Profile

Tillandsia juncea
Cultivation Options Epiphytic, lithophytic
Height 30 - 50 cm
Temperature 15 - 25 °C, tolerates short-term deviations
Humidity 50 - 70 %, also tolerates lower humidity
Light Requirement Bright, indirect light; avoid direct sunlight
Watering Regular spraying with soft, low-lime water
Fertilization Diluted liquid fertilizer, every 2 months during the growth period
Propagation Offsets (pups) forming after flowering
Suitable for Small to medium-sized terrariums
Cultivation Options
Epiphytic, lithophytic
Height
30 - 50 cm
Temperature
15 - 25 °C, tolerates short-term deviations
Humidity
50 - 70 %, also tolerates lower humidity
Light Requirement
Bright, indirect light; avoid direct sunlight
Watering
Regular spraying with soft, low-lime water
Fertilization
Diluted liquid fertilizer, every 2 months during the growth period
Propagation
Offsets (pups) forming after flowering
Suitable for
Small to medium-sized terrariums

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General information

Item no.
192.0235.02
EAN
Weight 0,02 kg
Shipping weight 0,06 kg

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