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Old 03-10-2013, 04:57 PM   #1
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Tillarium blooms


A few blooms from my Tillariums

Tillandsia Ionantha "Rosita" (mother plant)
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Tillandsia Caput Medusae
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Tillandsia Montana
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Tillandsia Ionantha "Ron"
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Tillandsia Ionantha "Rosita" (pup)
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Tillandsia Stricta
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Attached images (in order of picture progression: Tillandsia Stricta (hard leaf form), Tillandsia Stricta (soft grey form), T. Ionantha X T. Branchycaulos, Tillandsia Ionantha "Zebrina", T. Ionantha "Tall Velvet" & T. Fuchsii v. Gracilis, Tillandsia Ionanatha "Fuego").
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Old 03-10-2013, 08:01 PM   #2
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Wow that is amazing! I especially like Tillandsia Ionantha "Zebrina". Full tank shot? Is the aquarium open top or closed top?
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Old 03-10-2013, 08:45 PM   #3
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Nice!!!!!
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Old 03-10-2013, 10:34 PM   #4
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Amygirl11, Macrophyte ~ appreciate the kind words.

Zebrina is one of my favorite ionanthas. My original mother plant produced four pups, and one of his/her pups produced six pups. Included a picture of the pup producing pups. The only drawback with (almost all) T. ionantha is that their blooms are very short lived. That's good for producing more pups, but bad if you are trying to cross pollinate (unless you have many ionanthas flowering at the same time).

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Old 03-10-2013, 10:48 PM   #5
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Wow that is amazing! I especially like Tillandsia Ionantha "Zebrina". Full tank shot? Is the aquarium open top or closed top?
Took a few FTS of some set-ups... still toasted from daylight savings time combined with the Duke & Carolina game last night. The aquariums (I coined with tillarium: an enclosure for Tillandsia to provide controlled growing conditions) could be considered closed top somewhat. I have no glass covering the tops, but light fixtures pretty much enclose the tops (air can enter through the small open gaps).

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Old 03-10-2013, 10:57 PM   #6
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Nice! I really like these setups.
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Old 03-10-2013, 11:01 PM   #7
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Gives an idea to what the tops look like. Included a pic of one key for success (air movement).

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Nice! I really like these setups.
Thank you, kind Sir. Always enjoy viewing your pictures & setups.
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Old 03-10-2013, 11:26 PM   #9
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Absolutely stunning!
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Old 03-12-2013, 01:34 AM   #10
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Amazing, do you just spray the plants or you have to soak them in water as I read online? I have few Tillandsias in a vivarium that I just spray once in a while.
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:52 AM   #11
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..Thanks, sarahspins & shrimpo! Glad the post has sparked an interest.

All my indoor Tillies get a 4-hour soak once a week, never bother with misting. The exception to this: some very small seedlings that were recently germinated ~ they get an additional 1-hour soak twice a week, along with the weekly soak (will discontinue the extra soaks once the seedlings gain some size). I also add a diy fertilizer to my soak water. Macros are heavier on the potassium side.

*NOTE:What works for one person may not work for you. There are many opinions (myths) as to what type of water to use with Tillandsia (e.g., rainwater, distilled, spring, R/O, etc.) along with copper being a "no-no". I use only dechlorinated 'Tapwater' (have been doing so for 20 years with no problems). I also use copper in my fertilizer mix, along with any copper that leaches through the water piping ~ again with no problems. Use common sense; large concentrations of heavy metals, and/or other chemicals, will kill Tillandsia (not to mention a vast array of other flora & fauna)!

Relative humidity ranges anywhere from 10-22% when lights are on, and bounces up to 40-50% at night (I think this is due to the plants expelling water vapor during the night due to C.A.M respiration, along with the lights being off). I'm sure they don't get much moisture from the air in my set-ups. Have been very successful with the religious weekly soaks.

That's about it, as far as maintenance goes. Might have to trim a dead leaf (which is seldom), along with dividing/separating pups once in awhile.

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Old 03-29-2013, 02:10 AM   #12
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Very, very awesome! Those ionanthas... whooooooah...
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Old 03-29-2013, 02:50 AM   #13
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i've never seen such a setup or plants that I recall and they are beautiful and very unique! Well done !
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Old 03-29-2013, 03:51 AM   #14
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Thanks CannaBrain & keep_on_keeping_on!

Ionanthas are fairly easy Tillies... provide them good light and give them some time... nice red blushes with contrasting flowers. They are prolific puppers, so you should always be able to keep a strain going (with plenty of extras).

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Old 04-18-2013, 07:45 PM   #15
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T. Ionantha 'Rubra'
(Seemed to bloom overnight. There were no signs of blushing until a couple days ago. I've been growing this pup out for about a year)
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T. Tenuifolia
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