The great love affair…

Tillandsias in Bloom

A slightly belated happy new year to everyone!   First of, my apologies for being MIA these past few months, but I am back and hopefully I will be updating more frequently.  To get back into the groove of things, I have decided to post a picture-heavy, word-light post.  So here are some pics of the various Tills which have bloomed during the past year, please excuse the amateurish shots, am not a good photographer, not by a long shot!  Something else I should add, in the process of doing up this post, I realised my previously stated preference of species over hybrids has pretty much gone out the window!

T. NoID (suspected T. schiedeana x T. baileyi)



T. concolor x T. ionantha



T. argentina



T. baileyi x T. ionantha

This was the first round of flowering, and unfortunately this seems to be the only pic I got of it.


Thankfully, the sole pup grew quickly and also decided to flower not too long after.



And believe it or not, the pup of the pup is flowering prematurely right now!  If you look closely at the teeny tiny 2″ high pup of the plant on the right (pic below), you can see the light-pink bud.  Not sure what caused the premature bloom, but at least the original plant has thrown up another pup which will hopefully grow normally.  I have read that clumps tend to bloom sooner, i.e. when the individual plants are smaller, so I intend to actually separate the pups from now onwards.  General advice is to wait till the pup is at least a third the size of the parent plant before separating them.  Anyway I will post something on this topic soon, which is a totally unsubtle suggestion for you to check back often!


T. crocata v. tristis



T. crocata ‘Copper Penny’



T. caput-medusae

Yet another case of premature blooming below.  Pups were still small when they both bloomed, and the worst part was that it never actually flowered!  Again, not sure as to the reason for this.


On the flip side, both pups then went on to have two pups each.  Now the question I am faced with is, should I separate them?  Since this is not my only caput, I think I am leaning towards leaving it to clump.


And finally:

T. Sweet Isabel (T. tectorum x T. palacea)

Now this is a pretty unassuming plant, and this particular plant is larger and has slightly stiffer leaves than the more common form of T. Sweet Isabel.  I am of the opinion that the common form is more attractive, but when this plant flowered, I was impressed.


Even the flower bracts were unassuming, not to mention rather small in comparison to the size of the plant, although I do think that the colouring is pretty unique for Tills.


The pics really do not do justice to the flowers, which were really nice!  At the very least, it made for a nice change from the typical ionantha type flower.




Thanks for reading everyone, happy growing!

5 comments on “Tillandsias in Bloom

  1. Ash
    January 19, 2014

    Hi and welcome back. It’s always nice to read your articles and see your Tills. Regards, Ashley (Sydney)

    • minigemm
      January 19, 2014

      A happy new year to you and thanks for the kind words, Ashley. Do you have many Tills? Are they coping all right with the heatwave?

  2. Ash
    January 27, 2014

    Hi Minnigem. Love your blogged and sorry for my delayed response.

    A friend of mine had a beautiful collection of broms, and sitting throughout his town house garden we’re these strange little plants which caught my eye whenever I visited. He’s since moved and I’m baby sitting his Tills. I’ve also purchased my own small collection and am buying what I can on-line………….so I guess I’m now an official Tilly addict. We have a few very good suppliers in Australia.

    The heat has been okay where I live on the coast and fortunately the intense was moderated by a cooling sea breeze. The climate in coastal Sydney is good for Tills although I’ll need to ensure they don’t get too wet over winter.

    • minigemm
      January 28, 2014

      And so it’s down the slippery slope we go. 😀 I understand a number of very impressive hybrids came from hybridists Down Under so I am sure you will be able to get your hands on some beautiful plants. As for the weather, that is good to hear. On my end, I am always glad that I don’t have to contend with the cold winter months, as it sounds rather challenging (at least to me) to not water them regularly, because I love fiddling about with my plants. Anyway, happy collecting and growing!

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