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My Cheery Tillandsia in the Coconut Shell

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    The entire plant is a Tillandsia (I believe it is specifically a Tillandsia cyanea, according to my sources). Tillandsia is a genus in the family of Bromeliads. The blue flower emanates from between the spiky things on the edge of the pink paddle. In my experience, as the blue flowers come and go, the pink begins to turn green, and then, for the plant is a goner, and one looks for keikis growing around the mother plant. Those "air" plants are also Tillandsias - just a differnt species. Mind you, I am NOT a bromeliad expert. I just happen to love this particular species.

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    We had one of these...they are just gorgeous little plants!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mauraec View Post
    The entire plant is a Tillandsia (I believe it is specifically a Tillandsia cyanea, according to my sources). Tillandsia is a genus in the family of Bromeliads. The blue flower emanates from between the spiky things on the edge of the pink paddle. In my experience, as the blue flowers come and go, the pink begins to turn green, and then, for the plant is a goner, and one looks for keikis growing around the mother plant. Those "air" plants are also Tillandsias - just a differnt species. Mind you, I am NOT a bromeliad expert. I just happen to love this particular species.
    Ahhhh...okay!! I have a couple of those "paddle" plants...my son had an orangey-red one in his room for a while that he called his "dragon plant." It never made any little flowers...the paddle just sort of dried up, and I chopped it off near the base and am patiently waiting for the appearance of "pups" at the bottom. I've got another one in my bathroom that's a deep burgundy-red. So pretty! That one gets a little more light than the one in my son's room did...I wonder if it will flower...and, if it does, what color the flower will be.

    This is exciting...I didn't know these guys made little flowers! I told my husband and kids that the paddle WAS the flower. Wouldn't a fragrant little bud be a nice surprise!


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    I just did some looking around on the internet, and I've decided I'm totally IN LOVE with this plant of yours...it reminds me of a tropical vacation! So cheerful! The bold blue against the pink is so striking! I am totally buying one of these!!!


    I'm fascinated by the fact that these plants are totally "air plants," yet I usually see them in soil. Sometimes they're sitting in a puddle of water in a pot with no drainage. They must be really adaptable to be able to live in water-logged dirt when what they really want is humid air!

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    Go for it - they're not expensive - even the BBS have them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mauraec View Post
    Go for it - they're not expensive - even the BBS have them.
    Ahhh...the BBS near me don't have this one, though...all I ever see are the oranges, reds, and burgundies around here. Although I did have a nice surprise when I went into my local box store the other day and they had gotten in a mixed shipment of orchids that were NOT phals!! I was literally jumping up and down and clapping my hands in excitement in the flower department. I'm surprised no one called security or hauled me off to the looney bin.

    Here in PA, if you don't go to an orchid show or make a pilgrimage to an orchid nursery that's an hour or more away, you pretty much don't see anything besides phals in person. The stores just don't carry anything else.

    Just found a Tillandsia cyanea online!

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    What a lovely Tillandsia, I just adore these plants.

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    i've killed so many of these (sigh) over the years. i currently have one doing ok, and making pups after flowering last year. these do not grow like the normal tillandsias. these are ground dwelling plants. they do not like to get too dried out. they die here if you mount them at all, they must be potted and watered often. i usually get them going a few generations before they up and die suddenly. lost several to cats. they grow more like a cryptanthus, but higher light.

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    Great shots of your Tillandsia cyanea, Maura!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mauraec View Post



    Occasionally, I indulge in a bromeliad or two - this "paddle-shaped" Tillandsia is my favorite. The blue/violet blooms smell wonderful! And it's fun to have it sitting out on the lanai in its little coconut shell. I think I recall someone saying it's called a "Siamese" tillandsia - anyone ever heard that?

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    Very nice. I have that plant too, only potted in a regular pot. I like it in the coconut pot.

    cheers,
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