Sunday, December 12, 2010
Remember to shake off excess water after watering especially in the large fleshy varieties. Turn upside down and let the base dry before putting it back in its container. Give tall, think-leaf varieties an extra spray on their tips, as they dry out faster. Place plants in containers with natural holes, as opposed to gluing them. This will make it much easier to water them, especially when you use the soaking method. And you don't have to wait for the whole container to dry before putting it back in its' place. If unsure when to water, pull at an outer leaf. If it comes off easily, it is still wet. If it is very hard to pull off, it is usually on the dry side and is in need of water. Trim away any brown, dried or injured(bent)leaves. Cut off bloomed out flower when its' color dries up. Trim dried "mother" plant away after new plants have formed. If more than one new plant has formed, they can be removed once they reach half the size of the mother plant.
These pics were taken from a Jayne Hawley's stand at the 4th Ave St. Fair. For more information on these wonderful plants, contact Jayne at P.O. Box 2361, Monterey, CA 93940. Telephone (831)224-0491 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org . Her company is called THE EARTHLINGS . There isn't a website, but she did give me prices for the different varieties of tillandsias she offers from her shop. Until next time, happy adventures!