The great love affair…
Hello everyone. I am baaaack. Yay! I don’t even know where to begin. I was looking at my last post and it was a good 4.5 years ago!!! Well, what can I say except that life got in the way. As a result my tills have been totally neglected the past 4 years. Things have kind of settled these past 6 months and I finally have time to delve into this hobby again. In fact I have even plucked up the courage and made some new purchases to replace the very many tills that succumbed to the elements.
I am not kidding when I say I neglected them. They were all left to the mercies of the weather; which basically means the scorching sun, tropical storms, heatwaves and even a cold (by our tropical standard at least) snap, with maybe watering once a week, if that. Those that have made it through are the real hardy ones, and even those show signs of the abuse they have had to withstand.
Anyway, I am aiming to put up a post or two a month. Yep that’s right, just one or two a month, as I am trying to be realistic about just how much time I will have to indulge in my hobby now. All right, enough babbling and on to the tills! I thought I’d share some pics of the tills that have made it through the tough times. So, a fairly short post to help me get started again. Enjoy!
Tillandsia Love Knot (capitata x streptophylla)
The plant flowered recently and has two pups now. The whole plant turned an amazing shade of red when in bloom. As you can see it still retains its reddish shade post bloom, but it is no longer at its best now.
T. concolor x T. streptophylla
I guess this plant doesn’t mind being neglected. It is now a nice little clump, this from just a single plant. Imagine what it would look like if it hadn’t been neglected!
One of my favourite tills. The pic doesn’t capture its cuteness very well. This plant has flowered regularly during the past 4.5 years. During the most recent flowering the ants have definitely been at work as there’s a seed pod developing now (look just above my thumb on the topmost flower bract).
This plant is amazing. It has thrived with low light conditions and being damp for weeks on end. No idea how it did not rot. Am just thankful that it didn’t!
T. ionantha x T. caput medusae
I bought this as T. ionantha x T. brachycaulos, but it is most definitely not that. Luckily for me it has turned out even more amazing. A nice hefty plant. Currently post bloom and sporting a single pup.
Okay, that’s it for now. Thanks for reading and happy growing everyone!
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