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Tillandsia balbisiana

Distributed in United States (Florida), Mexico, Central America, West Indies, Colombia, and Venezuela at altitudes from 0 to 1,500 m.

Tillandsia balbisiana

Tillandsia (Tillandsia) balbisiana Schultes f. (1830)



  • [ Blooming ] December - January, for a month
  • [ Flower ] Purple
  • [ Fregrance ] None
  • [ Blooming size ] 2 - 4 cm (W) x 15 - 20 cm (H)
  • Sturdy species. Relatively high degree of drought, high/low-temperature tolerance.
  • Bear seeds easily by self-pollination.

Cultivaton tips

Informations summarized here are based on our experiences, and TrekGEO does not guarantee the results by cultivating in the same or similar conditions described here. Even a species of Tillandsia differs substantially between individuals, and is very sensitive in changes of environments. Applicatons of any idea inspired by this site should be at your own risks.

Very high watering frequency cultivation

Grows very well. This cultivation condition is very good.

Low watering frequency cultivation

Grows well. It seems better to water more frequently as the outer leaves tend to die.

Cultivation Log (2nd foliage)

  • Aug. 2019 3 roots began to grow.

  • July 2019 Good condition.

Cultivation Log (2nd foliage)

  • Jan. 2019 Suddenly it turned brown from the bottom of the foliage. It seems it was freezed.

  • Oct. 2018 Very good condition.

  • June 2017 Roots began to grow.
  • May 2017 The center of the foliage turned red.

  • Sept. 2016 Good condition.

Cultivation Log (1st foliage)

  • Aug. 2008 The original foliage has died and removed.

  • June 2007 The 3rd leaf of the offset began to spread out.

  • Oct. 2006 Moved to another site. Cultivation condition is almost same as the previous site.
  • Aug. 2006 The seed pod from the flower bloomed in Nov 2005 was opened, and seeds were scattered.
  • July 2006 An offset began to grow at the base of the foliage.
  • Feb. 2006 A seed pod began to grow from the flower bloomed in Nov 2005.

  • Nov. 2005 Began to bloom.
  • Oct. 2005 The tip of the inflorescence is coated by stickly liquid.
  • Aug. 2005 The center of the foliage turned red and an inflorescence began to grow.

  • Oct. 2004 Many roots began to grow.
  • Aug. 2004 The temperature rises above 30 °C for 40 days, and the highest temperature was over 39 °C.

  • Dec. 2003 Leaves turned red.
  • July 2003 The foliage is growing well.
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