Epiphytes on Bonsais

epiphyte78(9)April 30, 2013

Bonsais are really interesting...but bonsais with epiphytes attached to them are even more interesting. Yay or nay?

Here's a list of epiphytes that I've attached to my Crassula "bonsai" and here are a couple of close up photos...

Anybody have any miniature Tillandsias that you'd be interesting in trading? If so, then bring them to the Ballona Show/Sale this Saturday.

Here are some of the Tillandsias that I'll bring to trade...

Tillandsia capillaris
Tillandsia capillaris Pitchfork
Tillandsia funkiana?
Tillandsia loliacea
Tillandsia tricholepis

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nil13(z21 L.A., CA (Mt. Washington))

Hey epiphyte78, are you by any chance growing billbergias epiphytically outside? It seems like I always see them in pots and I just rescued 4 huge potfulls, but I want to possibly grow them on a wall. Any thoughts?

    Bookmark   May 1, 2013 at 10:58AM
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epiphyte78(9)

nil13, the most common Billbergia here in Southern California is Billbergia nutans. I'm guessing that's the one you rescued.

I have a few bromeliads growing epiphytically...but the large majority of them are just sitting in pots that don't have any medium. A few pots do have one or two large rocks to keep the pots from tipping over.

My Billbergia nutans, like the rest of my bromeliads, do absolutely fine in empty pots. So I'm sure they'd do just fine attached to pretty much anything...trees, shrubs, boulders, walls, tables, chairs, statues, etc.

A month or so ago I attached a few to my friend's massive Catalpa tree in his front yard. He lives in Mt. Washington as well...so you might catch some flashes of pink one day while you're driving around.

I've found though that Billbergia nutans can't grow in full summer sun in my yard. So that's definitely a limiting factor.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2013 at 1:17PM
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nil13(z21 L.A., CA (Mt. Washington))

thanks, that is encouraging. I figured full sun was out of the question.

Now I'm going to be on the lookout for a catalpa with billbergias in it on my dog walks. lol.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2013 at 2:24PM
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