While enjoying Bok Tower Gardens with friends this spring, I snapped a picture of the Tillandsia curtain that was hanging just outside the cafe. This creative display was definitely an inspiration for me to copy.
My own Tillandsia collection was living in my potting area on some wire shelving where no one could enjoy them. I squirted them with the hose whenever I watered the cuttings and seedlings but other than that they received no attention.
Now they are hanging on the back porch where they can be seen and appreciated. With only four specimens they don't have the same impact as the Bok Tower display, but since two are blooming and one has put out two new pups, I think they are quite eye-catching.
These plants are a genus of the Bromeliad family. They are epiphytes that require a good soaking with water a couple times a week and good air circulation.
I'm trying to move away from using anything but organic plant foods, so I plan to douse them with some compost tea every month or so just to give them some nutrients.
This one, which looks like the creature from the movie "Alien" to me, was the first to bloom and now has two new pups. It may have to be divided in order to keep from being too heavy for its thread.
This tiniest of them all is a mass of many little plants forming a ball of blooms. I don't know the names of any of them. I'm afraid I'm the same with my other bromeliads. I'm just happy to have them all in my garden.
These little air plants don't like temperatures below 50 degrees. They will be moved to the kitchen window for the, hopefully, few really cold nights we will have this winter.
Easy to care for and fun to look at, Tillandsias are an interesting addition to the back porch here at My Garden Path.