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Indoor Plants For The Holidays - Bromeliads And Tillandsias

Updated on February 27, 2015
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The Bromeliad and Tillandsia

Bromeliad and Tillandsia are unusual tropical plants that have gained in popularity as indoor blooming house plants. Their exotic appearance instantly sets them apart from all of the other house plants available at market today. Once considered by plant admirers as unfamiliar and strangely intriguing, Bromeliads and Tillandsias have come into their own as a highly prized, easy-to-grow plant indoors.

You Don't Need A Degree To Grow Them

You need not be a plant aficionado to cultivate these fascinating beauties. While their mesmerizing shapes and textures are captivating to behold, Bromeliads and Tillandsias are not difficult to grow at all. They do adapt very well to an indoor home environment.

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Bromeliads Have A Great Temperment

Bromeliads tolerate fluctuations in temperature, watering and feeding more so than do other indoor blooming plants, like Orchids. They are undemanding of their owners, which firmly places them as a popular indoor blooming plant that just happens to be a great choice for holiday gift-giving!

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Bromeliad foliage takes on different shapes. Needle thin to broad and flat, soft and spiky, to twisted and rough. The foliage can be colorful and patterned.

Leaf colors can range from various shades of light to dark. Varieties sport leaves with red, maroon, purple, yellow, white and cream variegations. Their leaves can be solid or striped, speckled or spotted, and can have different colors on the tops and bottoms of their leaves.

Most Bromeliads grow in a uniform, rosette habit. The center is where new growth occurs. Flowers sprout from there when they reach their natural blooming period.

Bromeliads Are Super Easy To Grow

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You May Know My Cousin

Bromeliad and Tillandsia have rather large families, with a few familiar relatives. Feathery Spanish Moss and delicious Pineapples are included among their list of descendants.

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Tillandsia mostly grow in trees or on rocks where they absorb water and nutrients from the air. They survive in odd terrain and very dry conditions.

Surprisingly, many varieties of Tillandsia will send out flowers that emit a very lovely fragrance.

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Tillandsia cyanea is an all-around great house plant with benefits!

The foliage is beautiful on it’s own merit. Then it sends out a pretty pink paddle-shaped flower.

If that is not enough wow factor for you, your Tillandsia blooms again with a fragrant soft blue-hued blossom that smells of cloves!

Wonderful!

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Understanding Bromeliads

Bromeliads are not at all a fussy plant. In general, they prefer bright light, and to be well lit consistiently. A south, east or west-facing location is best for your plant. Do not place them in a windowsill that receives direct sunlight! Filter their exposure, curtains help diffuse the harsh rays. Don’t stress the plant or scorch their leaves.

Being tolerant of the home environment, Bromeliads enjoy life with growing temperatures between 55ºF and 80ºF.

Bromeliads accept occasional watering neglect. These plants survive drought conditions in the wild. Some types gather rainfall in their central cup and store this moisture for future use. This is a great feature to utilize where levels of humidity is low. However, watering their soil consistently is enough to sustain them during the winter months. Avoid allowing the plant to rest in standing water.

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Bromeliads are not heavy feeders at all. During the growing season, you can use a liquid fertilizer diluted to 1/2 or 1/4 strength. A slow-release pellet fertilizer is simple to use as well. Water their central cup using a single pellet. Just drop into the cup, and that should feed your Bromeliad for about a season. Plant feed granules can also be mixed into the pot soil.

A soil mixture of 2/3 peat-base and 1/3 sand is perfect for your Bromeliad. Bromeliads are pleased to grow in a good draining pot. They can also flourish being mounted on wooden branches and logs, too! Mounted plants will need to be watered more often however.

Bromeliad ~ A Perfect Gift Plant

Sitting Pretty

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Understanding Tillandsia

First, unlearn all of those hard-and-fast-rules that governed all other house plants that you have become familiar with in the past. For Tillandsia are like no other house plants! Tillandsia require very little human interference. So easy are they, that most simply refer to these quirky, spiky gems as Air Plants.

Their light requirements are forthright. Bright and filtered. You can manage that! In the wild, these plants usually live under the canopy of other vegetation. Do not allow them to be in direct sunlight.

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Tillandsia Are Unique

Moisture is needed, but Tillandsia are different here, too! You soak and spray them. Tillandsia should be submerged thoroughly 2-3 times a week. Give them a spritz with a plant mister in between waterings every so often. You can manage that, too! Give them their drinks early in the day so they are dry when they rest overnight.

Bromeliads and Tillandsias are carefree and beautiful indoor blooming plants suitable to anyone on your gift-giving holiday list!

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    • NotTooTall profile imageAUTHOR

      NotTooTall 

      7 years ago from The Land of Pleasant Living

      Hi Movie Master,

      I'd glad that you enjoyed the Hub.

      I have several little Tillandsia that live in my kitchen ~ on my lace curtains.

      They get more attention there, they seem to like it. :)

      N T T

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      Movie Master 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      These flowers certainly have the 'wow' factor, a great hub, voting up thanks for sharing.

    • NotTooTall profile imageAUTHOR

      NotTooTall 

      7 years ago from The Land of Pleasant Living

      Hi The Dirt Farmer,

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving your comments, I appreciate it very much. I'm happy that you enjoyed the Hub.

      N T T

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      Jill Spencer 

      7 years ago from United States

      Enjoyed your hub. Nicely done! Voted up & interesting.

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