Wednesday, July 8, 2009

A Blooming Tillandsia

I love Tillandsias. They don't take up much room, they're easy to grow and they are adorable. In addition, they don’t make many demands, and the needs they do have are easy to apply. In exchange for a little care, they pay you back with this:

The flowering period is very short but it’s fun to witness. You always know that your Tillandsia is getting ready to bloom when it begins to turn pink or red. And after the blooming period is over, most of these little plants produce an offset. Ain’t that really cool?


  1. We don't have any yet, but I'm planning to get some when we move into a larger place.

    This is my first comment here. I found your website and blog through a Google search for information on converting a monstera plant to the hydro system. I live in Switzerland so the hydroculture technique is very popular, but I just wanted some tips on what to expect if I try to convert my regular monstera growing in soil to a soilless system.

    Anyway, the reason I'm commenting is that I found some pictures on a German forum of a "winter-garden" grown monstera which actually produced fruit! This link should work...

  2. Hi Tset,

    Tillandsias are terrific little plants, and they're so tiny that you don't have to wait to move into a larger place if you don't want to. They fit into the palm of your hand; that's how small they are

    If you convert you monstera, it may lose a leaf or two, or wilt for awhile, but that's about it. It will convert quickly; you'll see new roots in no time. Also, there is a possibility that it may not show any signs of distress when you convert it.

    Also, thanks for the link. I will check it out!

  3. I could just be seeing things but is this growing on a piece of wood?

  4. Thanks for your feedback! The reason for waiting on the Tillandsia is partly due to the fact that I want to plan an arrangement of a bunch of them on a vertical frame that can hang on a wall. In fact, I envision something like that in the bathroom, where it'll also be trivial to mist them without worrying about getting water all over the place. I have plans... :-)

    Hm, about the monstera. There are only seven leaves, large ones. I bought the plant (for a pittance!) from someone who was moving into a smaller place and didn't have room for it anymore. Do you think it'll be okay trying to push it into hydro? Any words of wisdom on what to expect in the rootball and how much I should trim it?

  5. Tset, the plant will do great in hydroculture, although I can't guarantee how many leaves it'll lose - or not. Usually it's no more than one or two, but plants have a mind of their own. My other suggestion would be to remove it from its pot, clean the roots free of soil, trim the roots about 1/4 - 1/3 and then place the plant directly in water instead of hydroculture. Change the water once or twice a week and pot up in hydroculture after water roots develop. I transplant some of my plants this way and have found that the transition is faster and easier. In any case, it's worth a try.

  6. Pale gardener, you are right, it is. It's driftwood. These cute little plants can be attached to pieces of wood, or just about anything for that matter. They don't need soil; they don't need any type of medium, actually. They make fantastic decorative plants.