The closest relative of pineapple, who came to us from faraway Ecuador, Tillandsia blue will not leave indifferent to her beauty not a single grower. And, if pineapple is grown at home in order to obtain a fragrant and tasty treat, then Tillandsia is glad to see it solely because of its beauty.
This plant was first described and classified by a Swede, botanist Elias Tillands, in whose honor the plant bears its name. Like pineapple, it belongs to the bromeliad family and the genus Tillandsia. Typical epiphyte. The plant itself is small in size - no more than 30 centimeters in height.
Tillandsia has unremarkable long, thin, often curved leaves in the most bizarre forms. The color of the leaves can be gray, green or intermediate shades.
Landing and care
There are several options for landing Tillandsia. This can be the planting of seeds purchased in the store, and the division of the bush and reproduction using lateral shoots. When planting seeds, a soil mixture is used, prepared from a mixture of leaf soil and peat, taken in equal proportions. Perlite or sand is often added to provide additional breathability. Seeds are not sprinkled with soil. It is enough to moisten the substrate well and cover the pot with a film or a glass jar. After 6-20 days, the first shoots will appear.
Unlike the rest of the family, Tillandsia blue lives perfectly in the ground. Nevertheless, care for this plant should be organized in the most thorough manner. Watering should be regular, while it is recommended to use slightly warm water. Frequent spraying is required. In this case, it is necessary to ensure that a small amount of water accumulates in the funnel of the plant.
Tillandsia is very photophilous. But at the same time, a large number of direct sunlight should be avoided. The duration of exposure to the sun should not exceed 4 hours a day. All the rest of the time the light should be scattered. Ideal places for the plant are the eastern and western sides. During the whole growth period, the temperature in the room should not be lower than 18 degrees.
Sorry, but Tillandsia blooms only once. Flowering occurs at 5-7 years of plant life. The flowering period can last 2-3 months. During this time, on the bract, resembling a spikelet covered with tiles, three-petalled blue flowers alternately bloom. Typically, a peduncle contains up to 20 flowers, but one, less often 2 flowers, blooms. But the bracts themselves look very beautiful. Their color can vary from green to dark red.
If shoots are taken from an adult plant and planted separately, then the new plant will bloom in less than a year.
The process is separated from the mother bush with a sharp knife, the cut is sprinkled with either charcoal or activated charcoal.