Tropicals forum: What's up with Tillandsia cyanea? Let's find the oldest one among members?

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Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Jun 13, 2016 9:51 AM CST
It's always sold/seen in a pot while other Tillys are "air plants" without any pots. Is it really a terrestrial plant? Would they do better potted in more of a bark mixture like orchids instead of the potting soil in which they're sold? How long has anyone managed to keep one alive in a pot inside (at least for winter) in captivity?
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Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Jun 13, 2016 3:04 PM CST
I don't think it really matters what they are growing "in" Tiffany. Most Tillys don't have much in the way of root systems anyway. So for the purposes of display, you can put it on or in just about anything. The critical thing with them is to water and feed them through the foliage because they have so little if any roots, and the roots are mostly for anchoring the plant, (usually not very well) not for water and food absorption.

Mine is sitting out near the door to my pool cage, on a hunk of oak branch which is sitting on the ground. It's happy but I recently went too close with the leaf blower and it almost became detached from its perch. It's been there at least 3 years and still not all that firmly attached.
Elaine

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Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Jun 13, 2016 4:50 PM CST
Excellent to hear, TY! If the mood strikes, a pic of your non-potted plant would make a good addition to the DB entry here for this plant. Almost all of them are in pots.

I would love to have one to try again, especially since I've seen how well the other Tillys that I have do on the trunks of potted trees, like they would be on a big tree in a warmer climate. I think my older one of those has been with me for 3 yrs too. And at least that way if I killed another one, it wouldn't be from doing the same thing twice. ;+) It seems like they're going around again lately, I might see one.

I'd meant to include the link earlier:
Pink Quill (Tillandsia cyanea)
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Name: Scott
Tampa FL
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ScotTi
Jun 13, 2016 5:57 PM CST
Interesting you brought this up. I was thinking about this a few days ago. I moved into my home 19 yrs ago the first of June. I inherited the previous owners driftwood display with one attached. Here is a photo of the display with arrow pointing to the Pink Twill not in flower at this time. It has faded out at times over the years but makes a comeback.

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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Jun 13, 2016 6:20 PM CST
Wow, that's amazing Scott. Lookit all your pretty bloomin broms, too.

Tiffany, my cyanea has a big brown dead spathe on it at the moment, not a pretty sight. I know I've got pictures of it in bloom, but can't find one just yet. But it's made a couple of pups, so I forgive it for looking ratty.

Would you believe Tropiflora had a special on a variegated T.cyanea last week? I was so close to buying one, but resisted. They were kind of pricey and there's a sale on over there next week so maybe I can still pick one up and not spend so much.
Elaine

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Name: Alice
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ardesia
Jun 14, 2016 9:55 AM CST
Scott, your garden is always so beautiful, do you ever open it for garden tours?
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