Tillandsia Bulbosa (Bulbous Airplant)
$25.00 incl. GST
Earliest Delivery in 2 days
Overall Height APPROXIMATELY 25-28cm
Plant comes with a metal hanger
- Tillandsia, aka Air Plants, take on many different shapes and sizes depending on their species.
- Of all Tillandsia species, the bulbosa varieties are notable for their unique, other-worldly look.
- It often resembling sea creatures with their bulbous bases and tentacle-like leaves.
- They pair well with other air plants by creating a bit of contrast to any arrangement.
- The Tillandsia bulbosa is indigenous to numerous regions of the world including southern Mexico, the West Indies, South America, and even southern Florida.
- In the wild, these plants can be found attached to branches in low lying forests, in mangrove thickets along the coast, and nestled amongst rocks on cliffs.
- The leaves of the bulbosa are narrow and curled in at the edges which create a tubular, straw-like shape.
- These grow twisted and contorted which gives them their tentacle-like appearance.
- As they mature, the leaves will blush a deep purple and red before the plant blooms.
- Their bulbous bases, which are mostly hollow, often serve as homes for ant colonies - so it isn't uncommon to find ants in these plants if they are left outside.
- The plant benefits from this relationship as the ants provide fertilization in the form of their detritus and waste.
- Does not require soil.
- Use a bromeliad mix (air plants are in the bromeliad family).
- Don’t overdo it—plants can burn from too much fertilizer.
- Bright filtered or indirect light is ideal for indoor air plants.
- Some direct sun works, too (morning is better), but they shouldn’t be baking all day.
- Think “rainforest” and do your best to reproduce those conditions in a small space.
- Every one to two weeks, soak your air plant in room temperature tap water (or rain/pond water if you can find it) for 5-10 minutes.
- After soaking gently shake excess water from your plant.
- Turn it upside down and place it on a towel in a bright space.
- Air plants will quickly rot if they are allowed to stand in excess water.
- From the time soaking ends, the plant should be able to dry fully in no more than 3 hours.
- If your plant stays wet longer than this, it may rot.
- Try placing it in a brighter place with more air circulation to facilitate faster drying.
- 1-3 hours is the optimal drying time for your air plant after soaking.
- Once a week, mist your plant thoroughly so that the entire surface of the plant is moistened (but not so much that there is water dripping down into the plant).
- The hotter and dryer the air (summer, early fall) the more you need to water.
- The cooler and more humid the air (winter and spring) the less water your air plant will need.
- Do all watering in the morning.
- Evening soaking or misting disrupts the plant's ability to respire overnight and extends drying time.