Tillandsia pruinosa

Fuzzywuzzy air plant

Tillandsia pruinosa

Fuzzywuzzy air plant

  • Air plant with pseudobulb
  • About 8 - 20 cm high
  • Suitable for tropical and subtropical terrariums
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Description

Tillandsia pruinosa is a widespread air plant species: in Florida, the Caribbean and parts of Central and South America to eastern Brazil it grows as an epiphyte on trees, in subtropical to tropical semi-humid forests. The plant, which is about 8-20 cm tall, develops a squat rosette of grey-green, curved leaves that form a pseudobulb with their leaf bases. The name pruinosa means "covered with hoarfrost" because of the leaves, which are densely covered with silvery scales. The short inflorescences produce a few purple, tubular flowers. At the base of the leaf rosette, a few pups appear. The main rosette dies after flowering, but growth continues through the pups.

Tillandsia pruinosa is counted among the "Grey Tillandsia" type. They mostly come from drier, exposed places such as treetops, dry forests or even 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 adhesive roots. In culture, such Tillandsias are tied or glued to materials such as wood or stones. The light requirement is rather high. Higher humidity is favourable, but the air should not be very humid all the time and stagnate, because the plants will rot if they cannot dry off. Therefore "Grey Tillandsias" are not well suited for rainforest terrariums, or they need a drier, well ventilated place in them. One sprays the plants with soft water dripping wet about two to three times a week. Dipping is also possible. After watering, the plant should be allowed to dry off. An orchid and Tillandsia fertiliser can be added with every second watering. Propagation is done by cutting off offspring when they are about one third the size of the mother plant.

This rather small epiphyte has an interesting appearance with its false bulb and irregularly curved leaves. Tillandsia pruinosa fits well in subtropical and tropical semi-humid forest terrariums.

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Tillandsia pruinosa
Cultivation options Epiphytic
Growth height Approx. 10 - 15 cm
Temperature 15 - 25 °C
Humidity 50 - 70 %
Light requirement Bright to semi-shaded, avoid direct sunlight
Watering Regular misting with low-lime water
Fertilisation Every 2 months with diluted orchid fertiliser or special bromeliad fertiliser
Propagation Offsets (pups) and seeds
Suitable for Smaller to medium-sized terrariums, air terrariums, decorative glass containers
Cultivation options
Epiphytic
Growth height
Approx. 10 - 15 cm
Temperature
15 - 25 °C
Humidity
50 - 70 %
Light requirement
Bright to semi-shaded, avoid direct sunlight
Watering
Regular misting with low-lime water
Fertilisation
Every 2 months with diluted orchid fertiliser or special bromeliad fertiliser
Propagation
Offsets (pups) and seeds
Suitable for
Smaller to medium-sized terrariums, air terrariums, decorative glass containers

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Our terrarium plants give every terrarium an individual, natural atmosphere and at the same time provide a healthy environment for all terrarium inhabitants. Our wide range of tropical, subtropical and even arid plants are easy to combine and enhance any terrascape. Whether it's strong succulents, subtle tillandsias, eye-catching neoregelias or wonderful orchids - we offer terrarium plants for different terrascapes from rainforest to desert.

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Item no.
192.0287.03
EAN
Weight 0,01 kg
Shipping weight 0,02 kg

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