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Name: tarev
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tarev
Nov 4, 2012 10:40 PM CST
Trying my hand again with a tillandsia bulbosa and a noid tillandsia..I already got 2 outdoors, going to keep these two new ones indoors.
So now serving tillandsia on the rocks, unshaken and unstirred Big Grin

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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Nov 5, 2012 10:09 AM CST
That looks so nice tarev!

Being epiphytic and requiring good air circulation, I never would have thought Tillandsia would grow in rocks. Keep us posted on how they do for you.
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Name: Jonna
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extranjera
Nov 5, 2012 10:47 PM CST
I have both of those (or at least what looks like them) that I've found beside the road here, I just hang them on something and spray them every few days but since you are colder and drier I think the rocks might be a good idea. It should increase the humidity. Just don't spray them unless you turn them so they can drain. The easiest way to kill them is to let water sit in the crook of the leaves.
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Name: Kristi
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pod
Nov 5, 2012 11:08 PM CST
How cool is that! Am I seeing the roots peeking through on the left glass? Great idea.
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plantladylin
Nov 6, 2012 8:16 AM CST
tarev: I hope you will submit your great photo to the database at the parent plant entry for Tillandsia: Air Plants (Tillandsia)


And, since one of the Tillandsia in your picture is T. bulbosa you should also add your photo to that entry: Air Plant (Tillandsia bulbosa)
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Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Nov 7, 2012 10:47 AM CST
Ah yes, I have the first photo of my other tillandsia bulbosa already in the database..though sad to say that one perished in the heat..that's why I shied away from it for awhile, and then just decided to get this new t. bulbosa after seeing it in a flower market. Big Grin

Kristi, yup those are roots, but roots for a tillandsia are just for anchoring, I had to trim some of it to get a better fit inside the glass.

This time around, I plan to do a once a week water dunking on these new ones, since they will be indoors. The plants are just resting on top of the rocks, so easy enough to drop in a basin of water Smiling
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glevely
Jan 8, 2013 7:36 PM CST
I have a ?? I was at a Meijers in Mt. Pleasent Mich to day and they have Tillandsia cyanea in pots of soil very wet soil I might add for 8.99 I was so tempted to get one but I see that on here there an air plant I'm confused now but I just fell love with it I did not get it becouse I had never seen one before and wanted to find out about it first can you help me

thank in advance
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Jan 8, 2013 9:42 PM CST
Hi Gloria..tillandsias are air plants so they can be mounted on anything, wooden slabs, rocks, seashells, wine cork, on a tree.... I found this link that discusses growing the tillandsia cyanea that you wanted: http://www.ehow.com/how_7670832_grow-tillandsia-cyanea.html

I like growing tillandsia since it does not require soil, just good air circulation and watering is not too tasking, just dunking it in water works well once a week or longer if grown indoors, and right now I have 3 in my growcamp outdoors that just relishes the fog/moisture it gets from the air. They like bright indirect light. During warmer weather, you can mist the leaves, but I prefer giving them a full dunking so that the entire leaf and its undersides gets the needed moisture.
Name: tarev
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tarev
Feb 16, 2013 11:40 AM CST
Just a photo update...my tillandsia bulbosa on the rocks is a mommy! A pup is forming at the base of the plant. Hurray! Third attempt to grow this type of tilly seems to be a charm!

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Name: Gloria Levely
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glevely
Feb 16, 2013 2:29 PM CST
looks great and congrats Hurray! Hurray!
Name: Ivy T
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ivyplantsnyc
Feb 16, 2013 2:40 PM CST
Very good news. One of mine has flowered but I do not have pups yet. Congratulations.
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Feb 16, 2013 6:10 PM CST
Thanks! Fun to see and observe how this one further develops..I have seen pups in my other tillandsias which grows with little blade like leaves..., my first time to have a pup on this particular type. Big Grin
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extranjera
Feb 16, 2013 7:19 PM CST
Congratulations Tarev!! good growing!
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gg5
Feb 16, 2013 11:14 PM CST
Nice Tarev! Hurray!
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Feb 22, 2013 5:42 PM CST
Just noticed that mommy tilly is making not just one but two pups! The more the merrier! Big Grin

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Name: Bev
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webesemps
Feb 22, 2013 6:33 PM CST
Congrats! Hurray!
Name: Ivy T
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ivyplantsnyc
Feb 22, 2013 9:55 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
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Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Feb 22, 2013 10:04 PM CST
I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you.
Name: Donna
Winnipeg, Manitoba Zone 4
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Perennialgirl
Mar 2, 2013 3:48 PM CST
Wow....congrats on your babies!!! Looks like growing them on rocks is a great way to grow them. Looks like i'm going to have to get one and try growing it your way.
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Mar 6, 2013 12:22 PM CST
Hi Donna! I hope you can try it too! I am an ex-Winnipegger too, and loved growing my plants indoors then..a bit challenging at times but I got them going Big Grin

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