Tillandsia nana

Dwarf air plant

Tillandsia nana

Dwarf air plant

  • Rock-dwelling plant from the Andes
  • Quite broad, curved leaves on stems
  • Pink flowers
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Description

Tillandsia nana is native to the Andes of Peru and Bolivia in altitudes of 2900 - 3500 m. It occurs on cliffs (lithophyte, saxicolous plant) in contrast to many other Tillandsias that mostly occur as epiphytes on trees. This species is also known under the synonym Tillandsia calocephala. The silvery grey-green, 6 - 10 cm long, curved leaves are arranged along a stem and are triangular in shape. Older shoots grow more or less pendulous with the shoot tips pointing upwards. When the plant comes into flower, a small, compact inflorescence with some tubular purple flowers appears at the shoot tip. With time, the plant forms a tuft with its side shoots.

T. nana 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.

Like almost all tillandsias, T. nana also forms several pups at its base after blooming. 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 tuft.

This small to medium-sized, caulescent Tillandsia can be wonderfully integrated into a small or medium-sized moderately dry terrarium. Naturally, this species grows on rocks, but because it is an air plant, it is independent of the type of substrate, so it can also be used as an epiphyte on wood.

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Tillandsia nana
Cultivation options Epiphytic or on rock (lithophytic)
Growth height Length of shoots approx. 7 - 20 cm
Temperature approx. 10 - 30 °C
Humidity At least 60 %
Light requirement Bright to sunny, 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 Various types of drier terrariums
Cultivation options
Epiphytic or on rock (lithophytic)
Growth height
Length of shoots approx. 7 - 20 cm
Temperature
approx. 10 - 30 °C
Humidity
At least 60 %
Light requirement
Bright to sunny, 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
Various types of drier terrariums

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