Tillandsia bulbosa Hook.
Tillandsia bulbosa is a perennial.
Tillandsia bulbosa was described by William Jackson Hooker. The name is considered as validly published.
Tillandsia bulbosa is a species in the genus Tillandsia which contains approximately 713 to 777 species and belongs to the family of the Bromeliaceae (Bromeliad Family). The type species of the genus is Tillandsia utriculata.
The perennials reach heights of 20 to 30 centimetres.
Tillandsia bulbosa is evergreen. The dark-green, simple leaves are in rosettes. They are linear and sessile with entire margins and parallel venation.
Flowers and Fruits
Tillandsia bulbosa produces capituli of purple tubular flowers from January to March.
The perennials produce septicidal capsules.
Tillandsia bulbosa is native to South Mexico, Central America, Colombia, Brazil and the West Indies.
The perennials prefer a sunny situation on fresh to moist soil. They tolerate temperatures only above at least 1Â°C (USDA zone 10). When cultivated as an epiphyte the plants are mounted on a piece of bark or a branch (e.g. Taxus or Thuja) and the roots are wrapped in Sphagnum moss..
In summer the plants prefer protection from hot midday sun.
The perennials are suited for cultivation in a temperate house. Suited for conservatories, as well as suited as indoor plant.
Maintenance and Propagation
- For healthy growth apply a liquid fertilizer low in nitrogen at 25% concentration monthly during growth.
- Mist daily in summer, mist once a week in winter.
- temperature in winter should be 15Â°C.
Propagate by sowing in spring at 27 Â°C. Also by layering in spring.
Pests and Diseases
Honeydew, galls and distorted leaves are a sign for an infestation with aphids. Use an insecticide or control biologically , e.g. with parasitic wasps or predators such as Aphidoletes aphidimyza.
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