Tillandsia tenuifolia

Narrowleaf air plant

Tillandsia tenuifolia

Narrowleaf air plant

  • Fine-leaved Tillandsia
  • Upright, thin rosette leaves
  • Delicate pink flower
  • Suitable for rainforest terrariums
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Description

Tillandsia tenuifolia is widely distributed - in the Caribbean and most of South America up to central Argentina, in elevations of about 300 - 2400 metres. It includes several varieties. This "Green" Tillandsia species grows as an epiphyte on trees or lithophyte on rock, predominantly in the humid Tropics. Its fine foliage appear less leathery and thick than those of many other species. The upright leaves are densely set along the stem and are gradually tapering. The name T. tenuifolia refers to the narrow, pointed leaves.

Tillandsia tenuifolia 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 of the fine rosette 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.

With its blossom in soft shades of pink and filigree, upright-growing leaves, this very graceful-looking air plant with a final growth height of up to 25 centimetres can stand out both as a solitary plant on replicated mountain walls and in a group of larger-leaved Tillandsias.

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Tillandsia tenuifolia
Cultivation options Epiphytic
Growth height approx. 10 - 25 cm
Temperature approx. 18 - 28 °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
Cultivation options
Epiphytic
Growth height
approx. 10 - 25 cm
Temperature
approx. 18 - 28 °C
Humidity
Minimum 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

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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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