Tillandsia loliacea

Ryegrass-like air plant

Tillandsia loliacea

Ryegrass-like air plant

  • Especially small Tillandsia from South America
  • Forms dense, silvery grey-green cushions
  • Suitable for moderately dry terrariums
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Description

Tillandsia loliacea is a small, dense cushion-forming tillandsia from subtropical areas of Bolivia, eastern and southern Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and northern Argentina. It occurs as an epiphyte on trees. Its upright, silvery grey-green scaled leaves are only about 2 - 3 cm long and sit in rosettes or on short stems. Over time, many side shoots form cushion-like tufts. At flowering time, a slender inflorescence appears with a few small, yellow flowers.

T. loliacea belongs to the type of "grey tillandsias". These plants 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.

Propagation is simply done by dividing the tuft or separating individual shoots.

This small epiphyte has a special charm with its often barely more than 4 cm high rosettes or almost moss-like, silvery grey-green tufts. According to its origin, Tillandsia loliacea is suitable for subtropical terrariums with cooler winter temperatures.

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Tillandsia loliacea
Cultivation options Epiphytic
Growth height approx. 4 - 10 cm
Temperature approx. 10 - 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 Dividing the tuft or separating individual shoots
Suitable for Moderately dry subtropical terrariums
Cultivation options
Epiphytic
Growth height
approx. 4 - 10 cm
Temperature
approx. 10 - 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
Dividing the tuft or separating individual shoots
Suitable for
Moderately dry subtropical terrariums

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