Tillandsia usneoides "Fein Grün"

Spanish moss, fine, green

Tillandsia usneoides "Fein Grün"

Spanish moss, fine, green

  • Delicate variant of Spanish moss
  • Forms grey-green curtains and "beards"
  • Suitable for rainforest terraria
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Description

There are several variants of the "Spanish moss" or "Old man's beard", which is widespread throughout warmer America. The stems and leaves of Tillandsia usneoides "Fine Green" are particularly thin, have a greener hue when dry and appear smoother than other forms of the species. T. usneoides is an epiphyte that forms long beards and curtains in trees. It is the most distinctive Tillandsia, it hardly seems like a flowering plant but more like beard lichen (Usnea), hence its species name. The adult plant is rootless and merely tangles in the branches with its elastic stems. Only the seedlings form some adhesive roots. Occasionally inconspicuous, small, yellow-green, night-scented flowers appear and, after successful fertilisation, elongated fruits with flying seeds.

Tillandsia usneoides is one of the "grey Tillandsias", the extreme "air plants" that only take up water and nutrients via absorbent scales on the stems and leaves. Hang them in a bright place, but not in the blazing midday sun if they are grown in daylight. Spraying two to three times a week with soft water is optimal; every second time you can add an orchid and Tillandsia fertiliser. Dipping is also possible. Higher humidity of over 60 % is favourable, but air movement is important. The plant should be allowed to dry off after spraying. However, the form "Fine Green" is somewhat more sensitive to drying out than other T. usneoides forms. The Spanish moss grows slowly but steadily at temperatures between about 15 to 30 °C and branches out at each stem node. To propagate, simply tear or cut off strands.

Tillandsia usneoides with its different variants is a striking hanging epiphyte that is particularly suited to tropical or subtropical humid forest terrariums. Dense, long "beards" and curtains on branches are particularly impressive in large terrariums and greenhouses. But also in smaller quantities or in combination with other epiphytes, the Louisiana moss contributes to a wild impression. In closed, very humid containers with stagnant air, it can be used temporarily, but should not be used permanently.

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Tillandsia usneoides "Fein Grün"
Cultivation options Epiphytic, hanging
Growth height Continuously lengthening, strands several meters long
Temperature 15 - 25 °C, frost-free
Humidity High humidity preferred, 50 - 70 %
Light requirement Bright, indirect light; can tolerate direct morning sun
Watering Regular misting with soft, low-lime water
Fertilisation Diluted liquid fertiliser monthly during the growing season
Propagation Fragmentation, vegetative pup formation after flowering
Suitable for Airy terrariums, orchid and epiphyte terrariums, moist terrariums
Cultivation options
Epiphytic, hanging
Growth height
Continuously lengthening, strands several meters long
Temperature
15 - 25 °C, frost-free
Humidity
High humidity preferred, 50 - 70 %
Light requirement
Bright, indirect light; can tolerate direct morning sun
Watering
Regular misting with soft, low-lime water
Fertilisation
Diluted liquid fertiliser monthly during the growing season
Propagation
Fragmentation, vegetative pup formation after flowering
Suitable for
Airy terrariums, orchid and epiphyte terrariums, moist terrariums

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Item no.
192.0317.01
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Weight 0,02 kg
Shipping weight 0,21 kg

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