Return to the Bromeliad Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Silver Tills in pots ??

Posted by paul_t23 Coastal Sydney (My Page) on
Fri, Jul 23, 10 at 5:44

Hi everyone, especially gonzer and any other Tillmeisters about.

I've had this (another) bee in my bonnet about growing some of the silver Tills in pots after seeing an absolutely stunning, irridescently white/silver/fluffy/perfectly symetrical but still dis-arranged T. tectorum grown that way at a local show, and a similarly brilliant T. ehlersiana (I think) at a show reported in these threads.

I have a T. tectorum and a T. ehlersiana that I'm just about to glue to a chunk of quartz or something else impervious and stick upright in a pot full of volcanic scoria, and I'm fairly comfortable with that, but tonight I came home with my weekly winter-night ration of eBay Tills to mount up, and one of them is a big T. seleriana that is just an absolute beauty. It is almost symetrical and would look just fantastic next to the upright T. ehlersiana and T. tectorum, but I just have to ask, does T. seleriana grow OK upright, or does it fill up with water and rot?

I'd hate to loose such a seriously nice plant, but I really really really want to stick it in a pot. All counselling would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers, Paul


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Silver Tills in pots ??


 o
RE: Silver Tills in pots ??

Paul, medium size scoria and/or orchid bark in a terra-cotta pot would be fine as long as you water from the edge. I use this method for the super-size ionanthas. I'm sure you've seen the examples in Hiro's "Handbook"?


 o
RE: Silver Tills in pots ??

Hi Nick, just love it. Hi gonzer, sounds great. WCIF Hiro? I guess I should probably google-or-other-search-engine-it.
Many thanks, Paul


 o
RE: Silver Tills in pots ??

Paul, that's not my plant. I suspect that you will need room for the pups but I'm not sure. I bought my ehlersiana with pups so I put it in a bigger pot to give the pups some room. I just tossed in a few pieces of lava rock and bark to keep it off the bottom of the pot. I've only had it for 4 months so I'm not totally sure this is a good set up in the long run.


 o
RE: Silver Tills in pots ??

Paul, Hiro is Hiro Takazawa who authored "The New Tillandsia Handbook". An indispensible guide even if it is written in Japanese. He shows many plants potted up exactly as Nick's showing.


 o
RE: Silver Tills in pots ??

Hi gonzer,

Thanks very much for that. I've only been getting into Tills for a bit over a year and I haven't acquired or seen any Till books yet. That's something I must do so thanks for the pointer, but what will that do to my already out-of-control apetite for more Tills!!!

Another neophyte question if I might. When you say "water from the edge", does that mean no direct watering on the plant at all, just misting or light wetting?

And Nick, thanks for that pic. Nice plant, and I see what you mean about the pups. My hesitation is rapidly waining - I'm off down the yard to pot up a couple of Tills!

Cheers, Paul


 o
RE: Silver Tills in pots ??

My tills grow outside and for the most part they don't mind getting soaked by the rain and I do water a fair number of them twice a week with the hose if it doesn't rain. T novakii is one that doesn't seem to like water or wet surfaces.

I do think that you are better off mounting them on the smallest surface possible. A big ehlersiana is one of those that you can't easily mount. It also didn't look good in a wooden orchid basket. This 'Pink Velvet' does look good in an orchid basket.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Bromeliad Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here