Bromeliaceae

I’ve been a horrible tumblr runner lately and have ignored this one almost completely and I apologize!

But I will try to get it back on track and bring you at least one bromeliad a day, I owe that to all you awesome people :)

So here is one of my nicer tillandsia’s, starting to come into flower for the first time since I bought it years ago. It keeps this nice color in full sun, and has a paler red-green color during the winter when it gets mostly shade. 
 Tillandsia aff. capitata - Ternascal, Veracruz, Mexico
The “aff.” in the name means “shares an affinity with.” Which means this is an undescribed species that seems to be closely related to Tillandsia capitata.  
It’s probably going to have purple flowers, but I will definitely make a profile for it when it flowers! View Larger

I’ve been a horrible tumblr runner lately and have ignored this one almost completely and I apologize!

But I will try to get it back on track and bring you at least one bromeliad a day, I owe that to all you awesome people :)

So here is one of my nicer tillandsia’s, starting to come into flower for the first time since I bought it years ago. It keeps this nice color in full sun, and has a paler red-green color during the winter when it gets mostly shade. 

Tillandsia aff. capitata - Ternascal, Veracruz, Mexico

The “aff.” in the name means “shares an affinity with.” Which means this is an undescribed species that seems to be closely related to Tillandsia capitata.  

It’s probably going to have purple flowers, but I will definitely make a profile for it when it flowers!


Here is one of the Tillandsias I got from you. You were unsure on the type (said maybe it was Tillandsia bartamii) and wanted me to submit pictures of it once the flowers started showing. Well, they are showing now! It’s so exciting.
I love all of the plants I won from your contest and will post more pictures of them as they start to flower and grow.

Edit: Yay, thanks for the submission! The tillandsia looks great, although I’m still not sure if it’s T. bartramii, it seems a bit smaller than the others I have, and the inflorescence is a bit small too, other than that it’s pretty close. 
You should get some purple flowers coming out of the pink inflorescence! View Larger

Here is one of the Tillandsias I got from you. You were unsure on the type (said maybe it was Tillandsia bartamii) and wanted me to submit pictures of it once the flowers started showing. Well, they are showing now! It’s so exciting.

I love all of the plants I won from your contest and will post more pictures of them as they start to flower and grow.

Edit: Yay, thanks for the submission! The tillandsia looks great, although I’m still not sure if it’s T. bartramii, it seems a bit smaller than the others I have, and the inflorescence is a bit small too, other than that it’s pretty close. 

You should get some purple flowers coming out of the pink inflorescence!


Hey so i run this tumblr called wild-flowers and a while ago you helped me identify some tillansias i got for christmas. (thanks btw) My tillansia juncea is not doing to well its turning brown towards the base and i dont know whats wrong with it because i feel like ive been watering it enough i dont know if its over watered or underwatered but the leaves are all brown and i dont know what i should do do you have any tips? from ashercrash

How often have you been watering it? 

It sounds like it might be rotting, which is usually caused from over watering. Best thing to do is to let it dry out for a few days, and sprinkle some cinnamon on it, the ground stuff in your pantry! 

It sounds weird but the cinnamon helps to prevent and stop the rot and may save your plant. 

If you can take a picture and post it I might be able to help more!


How should I go about taking care of these types of airplants? 

Thanks for the question! 
I’ll split these into two different answers, even though they’ll require pretty much the same care.
The one on the left looks like it’s Tillandsia aeranthos, which is a more xeric, or dry growing tillandsia. Try giving it lots of bright light, full sun if you can grow it outdoors in your climate, good air movement is always a must, and water it about once a week, always in the morning allowing it to dry out before night. 
The one on the right is Tillandsia bulbosa, which comes from a moister environment. This one will also appreciate lots of bright light, but would probably do best with some shade. This one could handle more water, around twice a week, again in the morning so it can dry before night. This species also seems to do better when mounted on its side, so it can dry out faster. It’s kind of weird to describe this, but basically mount it or hang it so it’s flowers are pointing horizontally, instead of towards the sky. 
Hopefully that answers your question, if you have any more don’t hesitate to ask! View Larger

How should I go about taking care of these types of airplants? 

Thanks for the question! 


I’ll split these into two different answers, even though they’ll require pretty much the same care.

  • The one on the left looks like it’s Tillandsia aeranthos, which is a more xeric, or dry growing tillandsia. Try giving it lots of bright light, full sun if you can grow it outdoors in your climate, good air movement is always a must, and water it about once a week, always in the morning allowing it to dry out before night. 
  • The one on the right is Tillandsia bulbosa, which comes from a moister environment. This one will also appreciate lots of bright light, but would probably do best with some shade. This one could handle more water, around twice a week, again in the morning so it can dry before night. This species also seems to do better when mounted on its side, so it can dry out faster. It’s kind of weird to describe this, but basically mount it or hang it so it’s flowers are pointing horizontally, instead of towards the sky. 

Hopefully that answers your question, if you have any more don’t hesitate to ask!