Monday, September 21, 2009

Tillandsia cyanea

My Tillandsia cyanea has opened its blooms on all the six off-shoots. It was a long wait since June when I spotted its stalks.

Most tillandsias are epiphytic but this one is terrestrial. And though it is said that tillandsias are tropical plants, I have found this cyeanea grows better and produces off-shoots more abundantly in a cooler climate .

I bought this plant earlier last year with only one growth and one blooming stalk. After the blooms died back, the plant produced 6 off-shoots. And now each of these 6 off-shoots is producing 6 other off-shoots!
Do you know of any plant that can produce pups at this number? Incredible, isn't it?


Stephanie said...

Hello Ha Xuan, Yes incredible nice purple blooms! It is good to know that this kind of plant do better in cooler climate. No wonder not many nurseries sell this kind of plants here ;-)

Hà Xuân said...

So you have noticed, Stephanie? I have, too. I haven't seen vendors selling this kind of plant in Saigon either.

lynn'sgarden said...

Hà Xuân, what beautiful blooms! And it sounds easy to grow and propagate. I've been trying to teach my youngest vietnamese and am soooo sad how much I've forgotten! She asked me how to say 'bless you' after a sneeze and I had no clue!! Gotta find some books. Have a wonderful day!

Kris said...

What a lovely color - and such unusual bloom buds!

Stephanie said...

Yes, you are right. So far I have seen mini ones in pink off-shoots only.

mr_subjunctive said...

Does your plant die back after flowering? I ask because I have had one since December 2006, which I bought after it had finished blooming, and I don't remember it ever dying back the way bromeliads are supposed to. All the on-line sources I could find say that Tillandsia cyanea does die back, like any bromeliad, but I'm thinking maybe they're just saying this because it's a bromeliad and they think all bromeliads do that.

There was a T. cyanea where I used to work, too, that I'm pretty sure bloomed and then offset without the parent plant ever dying. I think the same rosette of foliage might even have bloomed a second time, the following year.

So is everybody wrong? Or have I just forgotten about the die back in both cases?