Tillandsia neglecta "Rubra"

Air plant "Rubra"

Tillandsia neglecta "Rubra"

Air plant "Rubra"

  • Small rainforest Tillandsia from Brazil
  • Grows on rock in the nature
  • Form with reddish foliage
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Description

This plant is traded under the invalid variety name Tillandsia neglecta var. rubra. It is a form of T. neglecta with darker, reddish leaves, a very beautiful species of tillandsia from south-eastern Brazil that stays small. It grows as a lithophyte on granite rocks in Cabo Frio in the state of Rio de Janeiro, up to 300 m above sea level. The plant forms short stems that are densely covered with leathery, thick, 4 - 7 cm long leaves. Over time, a cushion of many shoots develops. During the flowering period, a spike appears with red bracts and a number of blue flowers.

This species is a tropical rainforest Tillandsia that is adapted to more humid climate than the "Grey" Tillandsias. It prefers higher humidity of at least 60 %, with good ventilation, and should be protected against blazing midday sun in daylight cultivation. The plant takes up water and nutrients by absorbent scales while its roots work as adhesive roots. The plant is fastened to solid materials such as wood or rock. Watering can be done by dipping as well as by spraying with soft water. Permanent wetness between the leaves is not tolerated, the plant should be allowed to dry off between waterings. Optimally, an orchid and Tillandsia fertiliser is added every second watering during spring and summer. After the delicate, rosy blossom, the mother plant begins to form small pups. These can be carefully detached when they are about a third of the size of the mother rosette. If they are not separated, they will grow together to form a clump of several shoots.

This small, stem-forming tillandsia can be integrated very well into small to medium-sized rainforest terrariums. Although it grows on rocks in nature, as an "air plant" it is independent of the substrate and can also be cultivated as an epiphyte on branches.

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Tillandsia neglecta "Rubra"
Cultivation options Epiphytic
Growth height approx. 10 - 25 cm
Temperature approx. 18 - 28 °C
Humidity At least 60 %
Light requirement Bright to half-shady
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 terrarium
Cultivation options
Epiphytic
Growth height
approx. 10 - 25 cm
Temperature
approx. 18 - 28 °C
Humidity
At least 60 %
Light requirement
Bright to half-shady
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 terrarium

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Item no.
192.0280.03
EAN
Weight 0,01 kg
Shipping weight 0,01 kg

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