Tillandsia polystachia

Many-spike air plant

Tillandsia polystachia

Many-spike air plant

  • Magnificent epiphyte from tropical America
  • Broad, light grey-green to reddish leaves
  • Suitable for large rainforest terrariums
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Description

Tillandsia polystachia is a magnificent, large, broad-leaved species of tillandsia with a wide distribution: in Central America from Mexico to Nicaragua, on the Caribbean islands as well as in South America from Colombia to south-eastern Brazil. It occurs as an epiphyte on trees in seasonally dry tropical areas. The linear-triangular leaves can grow up to 60 cm long and up to 3 cm wide at the base and narrow evenly towards the tip. They sit in a spreading rosette of leaves. In nature, water detritus can collect in the leaf axils. However, the plant usually grows to about 30 cm high. The inflorescence is a panicle about 30 cm high with several spikes. Purple flowers appear on these.

Tillandsia polystachia originates from areas with wet and dry seasons, but belongs to the green or rainforest tillandsias, which prefer a more humid environment in cultivation than the so-called grey tillandsias. Higher humidity of at least 60 % with good ventilation is recommended, as well as a bright to semi-shaded place protected from direct sun if it receives daylight. The plant absorbs water and nutrients via suction scales on the leaves, the roots serve mainly as an adhesive organ. The plant can be attached to hard materials such as stone or wood. Watering can be done both by dipping and by misting with soft water about three times a week. Optimally, an orchid and tillandsia fertiliser is added every second watering during spring and summer.
After flowering, the mother plant begins to form small daughter rosettes at the base. These can be carefully separated when they are about one third the size of the mother plant. If they are not separated, they form a cluster of several rosettes.

This rather large, broad-leaved tillandsia can be wonderfully integrated into a large rainforest or moderately humid tropical terrarium. Tillandsia polystachia works best on stronger branches, trunks and the like and, with its daughter rosettes, forms an imposing bush over time that provides a natural hiding place for terrarium animals.

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Tillandsia polystachia
Cultivation options Epiphytic
Growth height approx. 30 cm
Temperature approx. 15 - 30 °C
Humidity At least 60 %
Light requirement Bright, in daylight cultivation 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 Rainforest terrariums, moderately humid tropical terrariums
Cultivation options
Epiphytic
Growth height
approx. 30 cm
Temperature
approx. 15 - 30 °C
Humidity
At least 60 %
Light requirement
Bright, in daylight cultivation 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
Rainforest terrariums, moderately humid tropical terrariums

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Item no.
192.0286.03
EAN
Weight 0,03 kg
Shipping weight 0,18 kg

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