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Question: tillandsia

Saturday 15 February I purchased a tillandsia composition inserted in a large glass; inside the glass there were the "instructions" which say that the tillandsia of this composition can remain underwater for a period of approx. 4 weeks thanks to one

special liquid substance (contained in a bottle inside the glass).

Practically after having emptied the bottle in the glass, you have to fill the glass with water and place it in a bright position but far from direct sun rays. I did everything, however, a doubt arises: after 4 weeks what happens ???

Do I have to empty the glass of the residual water and keep the tillandsia without water? Or rather, watering them according to what you read on your site? I would be very grateful if you could give me some more explanations because I would not want the seedlings to die after 4 weeks !! Thank you very much.

Nadia


Tillandsia: Answer: tillandsia

Dear Nadia,

Thank you for contacting us regarding the repotting of your plant, through the expert's section of "G Gardening.it". Tillandsia belongs to the botanical family of the Bromeliads. It includes over 500 species of herbaceous, terrestrial or epiphytic plants, evergreen, widespread in the subtropical environments of America.

It is a plant originally from Peru where it grows on the branches of trees and which in our conditions is suitable for growing in pots, in a hot and humid environment. It also needs water in the winter months, while it must be abundant in the summer months, a period in which it is also necessary to protect the plant from light with shading.

It has linear leaves and are renowned for their elliptical inflorescence almost 5 cm wide and 10 cm high, composed of symmetrical and overlapping bracts (pink or red) which bear the blue-violet flowers that bloom during the summer.

It is preferable to repot your tillandsia on the ground and do it before flowering. Without prejudice to special conditions, this period is around March-April. To facilitate the operation, it is necessary to wet the soil well.

It is instead useful to increase the diameter of the pot reasonably to rebalance the plant.

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