Tillandsia kolbii

Kolb's air plant

Tillandsia kolbii

Kolb's air plant

  • Fine-leaved epiphyte from Central America
  • Graceful, small plant
  • Suitable for rainforest terrariums
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Description

Tillandsia kolbii is native to Mexico, mainly Oaxaca and Chiapas, and also Guatemala. T. kolbii is very similar to T. ionantha but slightly larger growing with softer, often curved leaves and a longer flowering shoot.

T. kolbii belongs to the green or rainforest tillandsias, which prefer a more humid environment than the so-called grey tillandsias. Nevertheless, it is an "air plant" that can absorb water and nutrients entirely via absorbent scales on the leaves. The roots serve mainly as an adhesive organ. The plant is attached to a solid base such as wood or stone. It prefers regular humidification and thrives best in a bright to semi-shady area, in daylight culture without direct midday sun. Watering can be done by dipping as well as by misting. After watering, the plant should be allowed to dry off. Ideally, an orchid and tillandsia fertiliser is added every second watering during spring and summer.

Like almost all tillandsias, T. Kolbii also forms several pups at its base after blooming. 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 small tillandsia can be wonderfully integrated into smaller rainforest terrariums, as it does not grow larger than 7 to 10 cm.

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Tillandsia kolbii
Cultivation options Epiphytic
Growth height approx. 7 - 10 cm
Temperature approx. 15 - 30 °C
Humidity At least 60 %
Light requirement Bright, in daylight cultivation no direct sun light 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 Rainforest terrariums
Cultivation options
Epiphytic
Growth height
approx. 7 - 10 cm
Temperature
approx. 15 - 30 °C
Humidity
At least 60 %
Light requirement
Bright, in daylight cultivation no direct sun light 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
Rainforest terrariums

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Item no.
192.0269.03
EAN
Weight 0,01 kg
Shipping weight 0,02 kg

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