Tropicals forum: Q for Tillandsia aficionados

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Name: Steve Claggett
Portland Orygun (Zone 8a)
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madcratebuilder
Jun 5, 2016 1:13 PM CST
A pair of my young mini Tigers got a hold of one of my Tillies and played soccer for a hour or so. I gave it a good drink and after a week and a half I have a lot of dead leaves at the base of the plant. The center two thirds to one half looks just fine. The dead parts appear dry and I do not see any rot. Can this recover? Should I remove the dead leaves or just let them fall off.
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Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Jun 6, 2016 10:14 AM CST
It should be fine, Steve. Just fasten it in place somewhere and spritz it with water if it doesn't rain.

These things grow naturally here and get blown hither and yon during storms then re-root and carry right on. The roots really just serve to hold the plant in place, they don't feed or gain water too much. Being epiphytes, they gather all the goodies through the leaves. So as long as it has some green leaves, it will re-attach where you want it if you just anchor it for a while.

Oh, and get those little Tigers a fluffy ball to play with, maybe?? Love cats!
Elaine

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Name: Steve Claggett
Portland Orygun (Zone 8a)
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madcratebuilder
Jun 6, 2016 10:41 AM CST
Thanks Elaine, I'm learning what they like as a house plant. I think my soccer ball well make it.

Guilty parties.
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
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ctcarol
Jun 6, 2016 11:45 AM CST
Adorable! Love the markings. Lovey dubby
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Jun 6, 2016 12:26 PM CST
They really are just gorgeous, and at that super playful stage, too. I'd be playing with kittens all day and to heck with gardening . . .
Elaine

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Name: Alice
Saint Helena Island, SC (Zone 9a)
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ardesia
Jun 6, 2016 1:56 PM CST
Awwww, adorable, are they Bengal kitties?
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Name: Steve Claggett
Portland Orygun (Zone 8a)
Beekeeper Cat Lover
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madcratebuilder
Jun 10, 2016 1:23 PM CST
Yes, Bengal kittens that think they are Bengal Tigers. Been raising these little hellions for almost 20 years now.

I had given up house plants when I started this, I wanted to have a hanging basket and did a search on plants that would not poison kittens. Two plants I wanted to grown again, spider plants and rabbit's foot ferns are safe, so I went overboard to make up for lost years.
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