Tillandsia lepidosepala

Scaly sepals air plant

Tillandsia lepidosepala

Scaly sepals air plant

  • Epiphyte from the Mexican highland
  • Silvery grey-green and velvety
  • Recommendable for dry forest terrariums
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Description

Tillandsia lepidosepala is native to north-eastern, central and south-western Mexico, in mountain forests at about 2000 to 2450 m altitude. It usually grows epiphytically on oaks. The narrow leaves, up to 15 cm long, sit in a rosette. The dense, silvery scales have a velvety appearance. At flowering time, a short inflorescence appears with a few tubular, green flowers.

Tillandsia lepidosepala is classified as a "grey Tillandsia". 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 adhesive roots. 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 dripping wet about two to three times a week. Dipping is also possible. After watering, the plant should be allowed to dry off. Optimally, an orchid and Tillandsia fertiliser is added every second watering during spring and summer.
As with almost all Tillandsia species, T. lepidosepala also forms several pups at its base after bloom.These can be carefully separated when they reach a size of about one third of the mother plant. If they are not separated, they grow together to form a larger clump.

This air plant from mountain forests in the highland of Mexico is suitable as an epiphyte in moderately dry terrariums.

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Tillandsia lepidosepala
Cultivation options Epiphytic
Growth height About 10 - 15 cm
Temperature approx. 10 - 30 °C
Humidity At least 60 %
Light requirement Bright to sunny, no direct midday sun
Watering Moderately, once a week by spraying or dipping with calcium-free water
Fertilising In spring and summer, with every second watering, orchid or Tillandsia fertiliser
Propagation Formation of pups after blooming
Suitable for Moderately dry mountain forest terrariums
Cultivation options
Epiphytic (tying on, sticking)
Growth height
About 10 - 15 cm
Temperature
approx. 10 - 30 °C
Humidity
At least 60 %
Light requirement
Bright to sunny, no direct midday sun
Watering
Moderately, once a week by spraying or dipping with calcium-free water
Fertilising
In spring and summer, with every second watering, orchid or Tillandsia fertiliser
Propagation
Formation of pups after blooming
Suitable for
Moderately dry mountain forest terrariums

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Item no.
192.0180.01
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Weight 0,01 kg
Shipping weight 0,03 kg

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