Apartment plants

Tillandsia cyanea


Question: Now let's take care of her


I return to consult you, since I have recently discovered the pleasure of treating my silent friends, and I have a lot to learn! Thanks for the chance you give us, by the way !!! Now the friend to save is my tillandsia, which after being flowered, is drying ... I see some green tufts appear: how practical is the division of the plant, and to place it on the trunk of my dracaena, always if this is possible?

Answer: Now let's take care of her


Dear Vales,
the tillandsias are epiphytic plants, that is, in nature they develop resting on the trochosum of other plants, capturing the water present in the air, instead of the one present in the soil, as is the case for plants with a large root system; your tillandsia is a fine specimen of the cyanea species; this tillandsia species has a quite particular vegetative cycle, as it develops a large and large inflorescence, consisting of pink bracts, from which bloom some lilac flowers. At the end of flowering the inflorescence dries up, then it also dries up the plant, producing basal shoots that will develop at the expense of the mother plant, which will die completely.
Now, the tillandsia that I saw in the picture still has the completely healthy inflorescence, on the contrary, it almost seems that it still has to bloom, even if from the photos it is not clear.
The general impression, however, is of a plant still in full health, adult, but not "dead"; the dryness noted at the apex of the leaves does not seem to be due to the near and sudden death of the plant that carries them; rather it looks like an apical dryness due to poor environmental humidity.
Because these plants grow in the rainforests, and are used to a much higher humidity than the one they find in the apartment; before thinking of the division of the daughter plants, I would think of frequently vaporizing the mother plant, to carry it with tranquility at the end of its days, without letting it dry out now.
Slowly you will see that the plant will begin to decline, and the leaves will first lose their turgidity, then they will dry up; at this moment you will see new small stumps of stiff and turgid leaves appear from the base of the plant; I advise you to wait until these tiny rosettes of leaves become of a good size, before thinking about dividing them. Only when they are large enough will you be able to extract everything from the jar and divide the various tufts that will have formed, which can be repotted individually.
If you wish to cultivate a tillandsia hanging from another plant, I do not recommend it for this species of tillandsia, which should be placed in pots in order to cultivate it in an easier way. To the stem of your dracena you can fix a tillandsia yes those completely devoid of root system, these are simply placed on other plants, or sometimes fixed with raffia or rubberized wire, trying not to damage the stems of the host plant.

Tillandsia cyanea: Origins and characteristics of tilladsia



The tillandsia cynaea is an evergreen herbaceous plant belonging to the Bromelliaceae family. Thanks to its resistance and versatility, it adapts to living in any environment: even the apartment is a place where it is easy to live. The particularity of the plant that makes it truly original and unique is its stupendous flowering, which unfortunately happens only once in the life span of the tillandsia. The blue colored flower shows itself only after the external wrapping of the flower reaches maturity, combining the shades of turquoise with pink and violet. The tillandsia loves light and prefers a rather humid and warm environment. The multiplication of the plant takes place in the spring period where it is possible to detach the suckers at the base to give birth to a new seedling in another vase.