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Epiphytes on Bonsais

Posted by epiphyte78 9 (My Page) on
Tue, Apr 30, 13 at 16:16

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

Epiphytes on Crassula

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

Tillandsia tricholepis Ball

NOID Miniature Tillandsias

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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RE: Epiphytes on Bonsais

  • Posted by nil13 z21 Mt. Washington L (My Page) on
    Wed, May 1, 13 at 10:58

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?


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RE: Epiphytes on Bonsais

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.


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RE: Epiphytes on Bonsais

  • Posted by nil13 z21 Mt. Washington L (My Page) on
    Wed, May 1, 13 at 14:24

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.


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