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67(3)179-184 (PDF/A 560 KBytes) published online: May 13 2020 Putting those Tillandsia roots to work
Jim GeorgusisMany Tillandsia species and hybrids are grown mounted on various surfaces, such as treefern slabs, poles, sea shells, coral, driftwood, cholla wood, and cork in many forms from wine corks to large fishing corks. Some are grown with no media or attachment at all, simply hanging on aluminum coils or wire, or lying on benches or wire mesh structures. Others are best grown in pots and baskets in media such as peat mixes that may have bark fines, orchid bark, perlite or vermiculite added. These plants are usually grown in clay, plastic, and even styrofoam pots with ample drainage. Some growers, due to their local rainfall and weather conditions, also grow their tillandsias in plastic net pots without any media, or they just place the plants in a PVC pipe cross section that has three holes drilled to receive either coated wire or monofilament fishing line, that enables plants to be hung at various levels wherever they are growing.
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