Tillandsia ionantha var. stricta
Tillandsia ionantha var. stricta Koide
Tillandsia ionantha var. stricta is a succulent perennial.
Tillandsia ionantha var. stricta was described by Pamela Koide. The name is considered as validly published.
Tillandsia ionantha var. stricta is a variety 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 8 to 15 centimetres.
Tillandsia ionantha var. stricta is evergreen. The light-green, simple leaves are in rosettes. They are linear, entire and sessile.
Flowers and Fruits
Tillandsia ionantha var. stricta produces capituli of purple tubular flowers from March to May.
The perennials produce septicidal capsules.
Tillandsia ionantha var. stricta is native to Mexico.
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 regularly in summer, mist less 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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