Tillandsia Oerstediana 12cm Pot
A magnificent bromeliad that produces a dramatic spike of tiered apple-green blooms over grey-green, strappy leaves, this is a houseplant that can't fail to impress wherever you choose to display it.
A relative of the pineapple, Tillandsia bromeliads cling to other plants for support as they grow in their native jungles, and their roots are naturally adapted for this purpose. So, to get nutrients they have adapted to grow waxy leaves which funnel rainwater to a central cup and helps deliver nutrients to the plant - much in the same was as insect-eating pitcher plants.
This does mean though that they are easy to care for, and you just need to treat your bromeliad as if it were still in a jungle, watering in the cup with rainwater where possible (hard tap water tends to leave an unsightly crust of limescale around the cup).
Tillandsia blooms, due to their waxy nature, will last for many months - up to 6 - bringing a long-lived burst of colour wherever your plant is placed. Like other members of the family, the flower is produced just once and then the central part of the plant will slowly expire, producing offsets to replace it. Over time a clump of plants develops with the potential for multiple flowers.
A tip to get shy plants to flower is to let the water dry in the centre of the plant then place a plastic bag over the plant with a ripe banana inside for a week or so - the banana gives off ethylene gas which stimulates blooming. When you have baby plants (pups) appearing at the side and the parent looks like it is starting to rot, leave the original in place, don't remove it as this will feed the growing plantlets.
Supplied as an established plant in a 12cm pot. Ultimate height and width 60cm x 40cm.
- Place your plant in bright indirect light in a warm, preferably humid room
- Mist the plant occasionally and stand in a tray of pebbles to increase humidity
- Keep the central well of the plant filled with rainwater from March to October. Over winter, keep it on the dry side, filling just occasionally and not fully
- Remember to also water the plant compost as well as the central well, leaving it just damp
- A very weak (quarter mix) of liquid houseplant feed once a month while in full growth can be poured into the rosette cup
Pruning advice for your Bromeliad:
- No pruning is necessary, although any brown leaves can be trimmed
- Once flowering is over, leave the main rosette in place as it dies back
- 1 x Tillandsia Oerstediana 12cm Pot
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