This guy is at least 30 years old, I've had it for 25. Notice the stem which has had to be glued back numerous times. This is what I mean about cleaning Tillandsias, sometimes you can ruin the character of the plant by clipping old stems.
Hey Gonzer, this is so beautiful?
I hjave a seven year old duratii that looks nothing like yours. I can see that yours has more than one pup. Mine has always been a one-for-one mother for pup replacement, so i never get more 'branches'.... idea?
My duratii is winding around in a tree and growing at a good pace. I can't image what it will be like in 25 years.
Gonzer, how are the billbergia babies doing?
very nice specimen, Mr. Gonzer. how often does it bloom to you?.
my biggest one has just passed away (was about one foot long). =(
they just hate water plus full shade (the tree where it was, grew a lot and blocked all direct sun, sniff) so it rotted away in a couple weeks while I was out of home.
got a couple smaller ones.
It flowers about every two years. The lower plant actually pushed through the center of the previous inflorescence. I had never seen this in Tillandsias. Also, if you can see, it is pushing another flower spike.
The Billbergia babies are making like rabbits! Darn that Lisa! I'll show them off tomorrow.
I see, it does flower very often then. I originally thought it took at least 8 years to do so. And the flower is really nice, believe there was one flowering (nice aroma) also in the san diego bromeliad society show. IÂ´ll take better care of mine ones in the future since is such a interesting plant. Thank you Gonzer.
Like the Welwitschia of Tillandsia's.In 25 years what's the lowest temp it has taken?..how did it put up with those El Nino years when you got almost 30" of rain?
Is that a Alex palm(silver undersides) next to it?
Stan, when it looked like I was going to have to build an Ark a few years back I just move him under shelter. It did withstand sub-freezing temps in 2006.
The palm is the Sugar Palm, Arenga engleri.