Bromeliads forum→Hello from Willinator, I have grown various plants in my gardens in the past

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Name: William Groth
Houston, TX zone 9a
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Willinator
May 9, 2020 4:50 PM CST
OK I have received an order of 10 Tillandsia and they are not identified individually
So I have two questions? First I will try to send pictures of the Tillandsias that I have
and see if we can figure out what they are? Second question is what glue to use or if
I should get wire or what to mount the Tillandsias on Ghost wood and or Grapevines?
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Name: Scott
Tampa FL (Westchase)
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ScotTi
May 10, 2020 5:12 AM CST
I have no experience attaching Tillandsias with glue. Those that I have mounted I have used fishing line. Once the Tillandsias have attached themselves I just snip out the line.
Do your plans include using large grapevine wood? I have found using the small grapevine that is used in wreaths a temporary use here in Florida as they only hold up for a couple of years.
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Name: Scott
Tampa FL (Westchase)
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ScotTi
May 10, 2020 10:26 AM CST
Here is a recent Tillandsia that I have attached to a piece of driftwood using 10lb fishing line as it waits self attachment.
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Name: William Groth
Houston, TX zone 9a
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Willinator
May 10, 2020 1:23 PM CST
So, the Tillandsia will ultimately attach themselves to the wood. How do they do that??
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Name: Scott
Tampa FL (Westchase)
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ScotTi
May 10, 2020 2:25 PM CST
The epiphytic Tillandsia absorb water and nutrients from the trichomes on their leaves. The roots are produced to only essentially anchor the plant to the branches onto which it grows in nature.
Most Tillandsia are purchased/ shipped without any sign of roots.
Here is a native Florida Tillandsia recurvata naturally firmley attached to a branch.
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Here is a look at it after careful removal from the branch showing the brown thread like anchoring roots.
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Name: William Groth
Houston, TX zone 9a
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Willinator
May 10, 2020 5:27 PM CST
Then since I am going to be getting some branches of Ghost Wood and Grapevine
I think what I need to do is get some fishing line and figure out how to tie the Tillandsia
plants to the "driftwood" and let them grow their anchoring roots. So that they are
attached naturally to their "driftwood or grapevine homes"
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Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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plantladylin
May 10, 2020 5:32 PM CST
If you don't have fishing line handy, you can also use nylon panty hose or knee highs; just cut them into strips to the desired length. I find them great for mounting plants and tying up stems; the nylon is soft, has a lot of give and doesn't dig into or damage the plant tissue.
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Name: William Groth
Houston, TX zone 9a
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Willinator
May 10, 2020 5:36 PM CST
Well I will have to check with my better half and see if she has any old nylons or knee highs that she can
part with and I just might try that.
Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.
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Name: William Groth
Houston, TX zone 9a
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Sempervivums Garden Photography
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Willinator
May 11, 2020 1:12 PM CST
And one more comment/question.

It appears that the Tillandsia that I received are the following

2 Tillandsia filifolia (what do these look like?)
2 Tillandsia caput medusae (I think I have figured out which ones these are)
2 Tillandsia butzii (what do these look like?)
2 Tillandsia ionantha (what do these look like?)
2 Tillandsia bulbosa (what do these look like?)
Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.
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Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

Region: United States of America Deer Region: Florida Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
May 11, 2020 1:32 PM CST
Willinator, here are our database entries for those you've listed where you can see other member photos and information:
Air Plant (Tillandsia filifolia)
Medusa's Head (Tillandsia caput-medusae)
Air Plant (Tillandsia butzii)
Air Plant (Tillandsia ionantha)
Air Plant (Tillandsia bulbosa)
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Name: William Groth
Houston, TX zone 9a
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Sempervivums Garden Photography
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Willinator
May 11, 2020 1:54 PM CST
THANK YOU for pointing me to the database as I think that I can now
identify each of the Tillandsia that I received. And when I get the wood
on which to mount these plants I will be able to identify them. I might have
to order some "nametags" for the plants and figure out how to mount the
plants and the nametags.
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Name: Sherri
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sunkissed
May 12, 2020 7:05 AM CST
I too use old pantyhose, they work well and don't cut into the plant.

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