Plant Care Instructions for Bromeliad Tillandsia Lindenii, Bromeliad Tillandsia Lindenii repotting, care tips, lighting, soil, watering, temperature tips.
- Light: lots of light
- Temperature: 70° to 75° F – 21° to 24° C
- Humidity: 40 %
- Soil: black
- Watering: two or three times a week
- Spraying: daily
This is a rather peculiar slow growing plant that can be grown on stumps or on tree trunks. The roots are very tiny — virtually non-existent. Consequently, you should use shallow pots for growing indoors. This plant blooms once; after blooming, shoots will appear at the base of the mother-plant and they may be used for propagation. Its blooms are coloured in shades of pink and blue. It needs plenty of light, but no sun. If you want to attach it to a tree trunk, cover the roots with a good soil held in place by damp peat moss. Spray quite often with tepid water, and fertilize with very diluted soluble fertilizer.
Tillandsia lindenii is one of the most cultivated Tillandsias. It is a medium-sized epiphytic species and has a large and striking large bloom. Tillandsia lindenii is similar to the well-known Tillandsia cyanea, but is a bit larger and supposedly a little more tolerant to cold.
- Stem: Stemless
- Rosette: loose with arched dark leaves. Around 30 to 50 cm. wide and uo to 40 cm. in height in the non-flourishing state.
- Leaves: Up to 40 cm long, narrowly triangular, long and conical, about 1.5 cm wide at the base, dark green with red or brown stripes more prominent on the upper side at the base of each leaf.
- Inflorescence: The landscape of flowers is a plump, knife-shaped feather that can reach 20 cm in length, and is composed of dense pink crushed bracts from which the large, blue flowers emerge. Bromelain collectors consider that Tillandsia lindenii has an “inflorescence shaped like a palette”.
- Flowers: Pansy shaped, white eyes, dark violet blue with three extended petals, appearing successively along the edge of the spike between the showy bracts, 1 or 2 at a time, for long periods. Some have cinnamon and clove fragrance, especially in the morning.
- Flowering season: winter. Its inflorescence can last several months. Each blue-purple flower lasts between 1 and 3 days, and continues to produce the flowers for 1 to 3 months.
- Observations: A closely related species, Tillandsia cyanea, is smaller up to 30 cm high and differs somewhat, even that its flowers (usually) have no white throat and the paddles (inflorescences) have a different shape, blunt, elliptical and with a shorter escape than Tillandsia lindenii.