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Name: Dave
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TennesseeDave
Jun 8, 2017 9:07 PM CST
You guys have managed to really fire up my interest on all things Bromeliads. I have a few with another coming next week. Now I want some Tillandsia and I would like to mount them on wood of some sort. I have done some research and I understand that the best way to water these plants is to submerge them in water for a few hours each week rather than misting them. Will submerging not rot the wood after a period of time?
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Jun 8, 2017 10:19 PM CST
No need to submerge them, Dave. They do just fine with sprinkling or misting. They sure as heck don't ever get submerged when they're living in the wild. I have some mounted on pieces of cork, and one on a cut piece of an oak branch. They're very adaptable.

It is best to use rain water to water or mist them, though. They feed mostly through their leaves so if your irrigation water has minerals in it (like my icky well water has) it can clog up the stomata and set the plants back. Luckily, we usually get enough good rain to clear them out for me.
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Jun 8, 2017 10:50 PM CST
Elaine, our AZ and NM water is extremely hard, so I've been misting my tillandsias with distilled water. They have been happy and blooming, but I wonder if I should be adding some type of fertilizer in the water?
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Jun 9, 2017 8:23 AM CST
Once in a while just a pinch won't hurt, Karen. Mine get a spritz of my orchid fert once in a while. They really don't want much, and be sure you don't mix it very strong, maybe 1/4 strength at most. It will help them when it comes to producing pups, I'm sure.
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Jun 11, 2017 3:37 PM CST
Thank you, Elaine. That was what I was thinking. It would be just a small amount. I've burned too many plants by overuse of ferts.
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Name: Sherri
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sunkissed
Jun 13, 2017 8:13 AM CST
I would think it hard to soak a plant mounted to wood every week, I have read to give them a good soak before mounting them which I did in rain water. Mine are mostly native and mounted to a wood trellis, during dry season I spritz with rain water every few days from my rain barrel, lots of tree debris fall into them, so that probably gives nutrients they need, but I might try a wee bit of orchid fertilizer in the non-native ones. I will say we've had heavy soaking rains for two weeks now, most every day, and the roots on mine are really taking off. Thumbs up
Name: tarev
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tarev
Jun 13, 2017 10:04 AM CST
Hi Dave, you can mount it on anything, even rocks, or just hanging in grid cubes, even just on a string, or put them in a shell with a good opening. That way there is more flexibility when you have to water your tillies.

Before, I dunk my tillies here for a couple of hours. My tillies were not mounted on wood, some are stuck on a big rock or it maybe just freely inside a container with lots of holes or a little bird cage, so I can easily pull it out to dunk it. But I do that only during our super hot and dry summer months. Our location does not have summer rains which it will enjoy, and our humidity is so low and dismal, so the tilly's enjoy the occasional water dunk. But I make sure to shake off excess water very well, so it does not settle in the crown. and they are positioned in a well ventilated area, it likes good airflow.

But my tillies have grown big now, and watching it grow, I just make sure that when our very dry and hot days in triple digit temps are coming, I have to be misting it more often, at least once a day. Pretty much same treatment my outdoor orchids are getting, so it can endure our very dry environment.

We all have varying growing areas, and depending on our humidity levels and light levels, we adjust accordingly from season to season.
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Jun 13, 2017 10:33 AM CST
I have my Tillies mounted on pieces of cork I got from Dr. Dawg, a member here. I just float them in my pond or sink when I want to soak them. I float upside down and then right side up. I only do it when it's been very dry. Normally I just mist them when I think about it. Having a squirt bottle with water and dilute food nearby makes it handy to do.
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Name: Dave
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TennesseeDave
Jun 19, 2017 4:26 PM CST
Got my Tillandsias that I ordered last week. Actually I only ordered 5 but they sent 7. Beautiful plants. I also had the pleasure of talking with the author of this book that I bought as well. One of my faults (one of many according to my bride) is that once I get interested in something I can not get too much information. Rainforest Flora treated me very well on this order and I am well pleased. Looking forward to this journey. Sorry about the photos. Had to use the flash.
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Jun 19, 2017 4:42 PM CST
Lovely new tillies Dave! Oh, I know Rainforest flora, they have such a wonderful nursery in Torrance, CA where we used to live, and I enjoyed visiting their nursery there. Lovey dubby
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ScotTi
Jun 24, 2017 7:17 PM CST
I have got to get busy and order more. The plants I purchased this spring have grown like crazy.
Name: Dave
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TennesseeDave
Jun 26, 2017 1:53 PM CST
I decided I "needed" a Xerographica hybid to hang over my grapewood display. A "Best In Class" Xerographica X Rothii is on its way to Tennessee.
Name: Alice
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ardesia
Jun 27, 2017 9:42 AM CST
LOL, Oh Dave you have it bad. Hilarious! Whistling
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Name: Dave
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TennesseeDave
Jun 30, 2017 1:26 PM CST
Well here it is. No more for a while. Nice plant with a nice flower spike and it's only a baby.
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Name: Alice
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ardesia
Jun 30, 2017 4:22 PM CST
Famous last words.......... Whistling
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plantmanager
Jun 30, 2017 5:58 PM CST
I agree Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Dave
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TennesseeDave
Jul 19, 2017 6:28 PM CST
ardesia said:Famous last words.......... Whistling


Well you were right. 4 in today....Xerographica, Concolor, Rothii and Ionantha Stricta. Now no more for sure. D'Oh!

Name: Alice
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ardesia
Jul 20, 2017 3:54 AM CST
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Name: Dave
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TennesseeDave
Jul 21, 2017 8:16 AM CST
Not good photos but photos none the less of my new additions.

T. Concolor
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T. Rothiii
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Couple of shots of my little Tilllandsia garden
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Jul 26, 2017 1:50 PM CST
This is a large slab of natural cork with primarily Tillandsias native to Florida. I mounted them not quite 3 yr. ago and they have grown well since then. The one in bloom (there are actually two in bloom on this slab) is the T. brachycaulos. The one at the top of the cork slab is the T. 'Sweet Isabel'. The Sweet Isabel has probably tripled in size.


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