Sadly, many of my Tillandsias suffered an unfortunate chlorine treatment when my former landlady hired someone to wash the outside of the house and deck, where my plants were enjoying a nice summer outdoors. They talked her into letting them use bleach in the water, even though she has many lovely plants growing right up against the house which were also burnt by the bleach. Honestly, what did she expect? Of course I had moved my plants off of the deck during the cleaning, all except my Tillandsias, which were hanging in a tree just over the deck. I thought they would be safe from the spray. Guess not. Bromeliads in general take a long time to actually die, so I am still clinging to a few of them that may or may not pull through from the damage sustained. They might make it, but boy will they look ugly for a while!
Well, enough of my sob story. Back to the positive. I have 5 Tillandsias at various stages of bloom development. A first for me, due in part because I have more of these charmingly collectible airplants than I ever have before, and also because I have better lighting than I ever have before.
|Tillansia bulbosa large form with the first flower just about to open. Purple, olive green, red, and orange. Nature comes up with some interesting color combos!|
|The whole plant. T. bulbosa is a good multiplier. I'm hoping for several pups after it finishes blooming. Old clumps can be bigger than a soccer ball!|
|T. caput-medusae just bloomed this past summer and produced one pup, which is already sending out a new spike! I have to say this has been one of the most successful airplants under my care. So easy.|
|The original plant is still mostly green. The blooming pup is sticking out to the side.|
|T. fuchsii f. gracilis is one of the first airplants I bought, at least 6 years ago, and is finally deigning to grace me with it's fragile bloom again, which is barely visible now as a little red-tipped bundle in the center.|
|If I hadn't just watered my airplants, this one would be a beautiful silvery grey fuzzball.|
|T. butzii is one of my favorites. I had one years ago that due to my inexperience died unexpectedly. I seem to have gotten the hang of it though as this is the second of my two new plants to bloom in the last year.|
|Like T. bulbosa, this is a good multiplier. My other plant, which bloomed earlier last summer, has 5 pups! I also love the long, thin leaves mottled like snakeskin, which is more visible in the previous picture.|
|This lovely with silver and purple-green leaves is Phalaenopsis philippinensis, which I bought several years ago as a seedling. See that purple bloom spike! First bloom, hooray! |