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Blue flowered Torch

English Name

Tillandsia

Scientific Name

Description

Named after Elias Til-Landz (1640-1693) Swedish botanist who was a professor of medicine in Finland. Tillandsia is a member of the Bromeliad family where it grows on tree branches and also used as house-plants. It is the flower spike that presents the spectacle. The voilet-pink blooms emerge in Spring from a flattened spike of overlapping bright pink bracts. The flowers do not last very long but the spike itself is a bright sight for many weeks.

Peru

Origin

Bromeliaceae

Family

55°F - 64°F

Temperature (°F)

Minimum: 1'

Height (feet/inches)

Spring & Summer

Seasons

None

Fragrance

Watering

Tillandsias need little water. If the foliage is mist-sprayed regularly, enough water will seep down into the potting mixture.

Feeding

Give half strength dose of standard liquid fertilizer once a month.

Repotting

These plants will flower and form offsets in 4 inch pots and do not need to be moved to bigger pots.

Propagation

Remove offsets from parent plant at any time after their leaves have attained a length of 3 inches. Plant each offset in a 2-3 inch pot containing an equal parts mixture of peat moss and coarse sand or perlite and enclose the whole in a plastic bag or propagator. When roots have developed treat as mature specimen. After 6 months from propagation, transfer the plant into a 4 inch pot.

Cultivation

These plants will grow actively throughout the year if the temperature is kept as mentioned above. They do best in bright filtered light.

Tips

Do not spray-mist the plant in direct sunlight.

Humidity

Stand the potted species of Tillandsia on trays of moist pebbles and mist spray them 2-3 times a week in Spring and Summer only.

Soil

4 parts peat based potting compost to 1 part chopped sphagnum moss.



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