Tillandsia paleacea

Paleaceous air plant

Tillandsia paleacea

Paleaceous air plant

  • Epiphyte and rock plant from the Andean countries
  • Forms densely leafy stems
  • Suitable for dry forest and semi-desert terrariums
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Description

Tillandsia paleacea grows as an epiphyte on trees and shrubs as well as on sand and rocks in the deserts on the west coast of South America. There it absorbs water mainly from the mists that rise from the Pacific. It is widespread in Colombia, Peru, Bolivia and Chile. This species has stems up to 70 cm long that form tufts with their branches. The leaves are approx. 12 cm long and have silvery grey-white scales. The plant has hardly any roots.

Tillandsia paleacea is counted among the "grey Tillandsia" type. These usually come from drier places, in this case with little rain but a lot of fog. These "air plants" absorb water and nutrients completely via the many absorbent scales on the leaves, even from very humid air. The roots, if still present, serve as adhesive roots. In culture, such Tillandsias are tied or glued to solid materials such as wood or stones. The light requirement is high. The air must not be very humid and stagnant all the time, because the plants need to be able to dry off. Therefore "Grey Tillandsias" are not well suited for rainforest terrariums, or they need a drier, well ventilated place in them. One sprays Tillandsia paleacea with soft water about once to three times a week. Dipping is also possible. An orchid and Tillandsia fertiliser can be added with every second watering. Propagation is done by cutting off offsprings or side branches.

Tillandsia paleacea forms dense shrubs with its branching stems. It can be attached to rock or wood in a bright spot and is particularly suited to designs inspired by dry scrub and semi-deserts.

Profile

Tillandsia paleacea
Cultivation options Epiphytic, mounted or freely hanging
Growth height 15 - 30 cm
Temperature 10 - 30 °C, frost-free
Humidity 40 - 70 %
Light requirement Bright, indirect light; avoid direct sunlight
Watering Regularly spray or soak with soft, low-lime water
Fertilisation Every 4 weeks with diluted liquid fertiliser for bromeliads during the growth phase
Propagation Offsets (pups), rarely seeds
Suitable for Small to medium-sized rainforest terrariums
Cultivation options
Epiphytic, mounted or freely hanging
Growth height
15 - 30 cm
Temperature
10 - 30 °C, frost-free
Humidity
40 - 70 %
Light requirement
Bright, indirect light; avoid direct sunlight
Watering
Regularly spray or soak with soft, low-lime water
Fertilisation
Every 4 weeks with diluted liquid fertiliser for bromeliads during the growth phase
Propagation
Offsets (pups), rarely seeds
Suitable for
Small to medium-sized rainforest terrariums

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General information

Item no.
192.0283.03
EAN
Weight 0,02 kg
Shipping weight 0,28 kg

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