Tillandsia velutina

Velvety air plant

Tillandsia velutina

Velvety air plant

  • Rosette-shaped Tillandsia
  • size of 10 - 20 cm
  • Red leaves in good light and during flowering
  • Blue-purple flowers
  • Suitable for rainforest terrariums
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Description

Tillandsia velutina, also called Tillandsia brachycaulos var. multiflora, is an about 10 - 20 cm sized species of the green or rainforest Tillandsias. It originates from southeastern Mexico (Chiapas) and Guatemala and grows as an epiphyte on trees. This species develops a magnificent rosette of grey-green, relatively broad leaves with a velvety cover of scales to which the species name refers (latin velutinus = velvety). With enough light, the upper part of the leaves gets reddish. bright red. At flowering time, the colour contrast of the short bright red inflorescence to the several blue-purple flowers stands out. The plant supplied can be either flowering or non-flowering with grey-green leaves throughout.

This species is one of the green or rainforest Tillandsia species that prefer a more humid milieu than the so-named grey Tillandsias. It is fastened on solid materials such as wood or rock. The plant likes a bright place, but without blazing midday sun if it gets daylight. It should be watered regularly with soft water. That can be done by dipping as well as by spraying, so that the plant can absorb water and nutrients via its absorbent scales. However, permanent wetness between the leaf bases is not tolerated. The plant should be allowed to dry off between waterings. Ideally, an orchid and Tillandsia fertiliser should be added every second watering during spring and summer.
After flowering, Tillandsia velutina begins to form small pups at the base. These can be carefully separated from a size of about one third of the mother plant. If they are not separated, they grow together to form a larger clump.

Due to its compact size and colourful contrast, this rainforest Tillandsia is an absolute eye-catcher, whether as a single plant or as a clump in a terrarium.

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Tillandsia velutina
Cultivation options Epiphytic
Growth height Approx. 10 - 15 cm
Temperature 15 - 25 °C
Humidity 50 - 70 %
Light requirement Bright, but no direct sunlight; tolerates semi-shade
Watering Regular misting with low-lime water
Fertilisation Once a month with diluted bromeliad or orchid fertiliser
Propagation Offsets (pups) and seeds
Suitable for Small to medium-sized terrariums, particularly for open terrariums
Cultivation options
Epiphytic
Growth height
Approx. 10 - 15 cm
Temperature
15 - 25 °C
Humidity
50 - 70 %
Light requirement
Bright, but no direct sunlight; tolerates semi-shade
Watering
Regular misting with low-lime water
Fertilisation
Once a month with diluted bromeliad or orchid fertiliser
Propagation
Offsets (pups) and seeds
Suitable for
Small to medium-sized terrariums, particularly for open 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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Item no.
192.0321.02
EAN
Weight 0,02 kg
Shipping weight 0,06 kg

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