Tropicals forum: Woo Hoo! Tillandsia caput-medusae Blooming!

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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
May 17, 2014 10:12 AM CST
I've been watching this flower spike for months .. when it started to turn red I thought, "here we go" .. a few week later .. "hmmm, hope this thing doesn't just curl up and fall off". Finally, today "here we really go"!



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Name: Sandi
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May 17, 2014 10:54 AM CST

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....And definitely worth the wait!
Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
May 17, 2014 11:07 AM CST
I'm kind of worried though .. from what I understand the plant dies when it's done blooming and I don't see any pups forming!
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Name: Alice
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ardesia
May 19, 2014 8:38 AM CST
Have no fear, it will eventually die but not until long after pups have formed and grown.
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
May 19, 2014 8:50 AM CST
Your bloom looks similar to my T. simulata. I wish I could tell you that you will always have "pups" but unfortunately, sometimes they just don't form. But Alice is right, your plant still has lots of time to form them.


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mjsponies
May 19, 2014 8:50 AM CST
Anne, If it doesn't give you pups let me know...I have some.

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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
May 19, 2014 9:02 AM CST
Hi Alice indeed! Nice to see you here.

This is my very first Tillandsia bloom .. I have others which aren't the Caput - I found a wire globe of sorts at a thrift store and that's where I keep them and they seem to like it. When I was in Ft. Lauderdale last year I raided my parent's and step-sister's house for more.

Wow Ken, your plants are so big!

Thanks for the offer MJ.

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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
May 19, 2014 9:06 AM CST
I like the globe, Anne. All mine are mounted on various woods.
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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
May 19, 2014 9:36 AM CST
Thanks! I wanted something that I could keep them all on so they'd be easier to over winter in the greenhouse. I was wondering though if they had any aversions to metal/paint.

I got a closer picture of the bloom.

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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
May 19, 2014 10:52 AM CST
I really don't know, since all of mine are mounted. Their natural habitat is of course trees, but I have seen them in the tropics growing on just about everything, including telephone wires. Some varieties might be finicky about what they grow on, but tillandsia is not my expertise. I just grow them because I find them interesting. If yours are growing well, I wouldn't worry about it.
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tarev
May 19, 2014 11:15 AM CST
Lovely bloom Anne! My tilly is also in blooming mode...love how each of those folds will push that bloom!
Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
May 19, 2014 11:28 AM CST
Thanks .. they do seem happy where they are.
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