Tuesday, September 6, 2011


Since posting the article "My New Obsession", I've received several inquiries on Tillandsia's.  For this posting, I wanted to write a few fun facts on Tillandsia’s and how they differ from other plants.  I hope this answers many of your questions or curiosities.  ;)
  • Tillandsia's are named after the Swedish physician - Elias Tillands.
  • Tillandsia's are members of the Bromeliad family.
  • They grow on anything, they hang from anything.  
  • They grow upside down, right side up, or sideways.

  • They grow on tree trunks, branches, shrubs, cacti, rocks, and cliff faces.
  • They're root systems function to hold the plant stable, and not to absorb nutrients.
  • There are over 550 different Tillandsia species.
  • There are two major types of Tillandsia's:  those with hard leaves, and those with soft leaves.
  • Some but few are fragrant.
  •  It can take years for them to grow and mature.
  • Sizes vary.  Some are about an inch in height while others grow over 40 inches tall.
  • Flowers tend to be tubular and range in color from purple, blue, white, pink or yellow.
  • Reproduction is by seeds or by offsets called "pups".
  • A single plant could have many "pups".

If you would like more information on Tillandsia’s or would like to make a purchase, send me an email at ldiaz@sweepingdimensions.com.  

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