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Tillandsia cacticola

Distributed in Peru, Piura - Cajamarca - Amazonas - La Libertad at altitudes from 300 to 2,300 m.

Epiphytic (Shrubs and cacti).

Tillandsia cacticola

Tillandsia (Phytarrhiza) cacticola L. B. Smith (1954)



  • [ Blooming ] May - June, for a month
  • [ Flower ] White with purple tip. It turns pink at the last stage of the blooming period.
  • [ Fregrance ] None
  • [ Blooming size ] 10 - 15 cm (W) x 7 - 10 cm (H)
  • Feeble species. Relatively low degree of drought or high-temperature tolerance.

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 well.

Low watering frequency cultivation

Grows but their leaves die sometimes. It seems better to modify watering frequency and/or ventilation.

Cultivation Log (2nd foliage)

  • Sept. 2020 It keeps growing.

  • Oct. 2019 The foliage bloomed in 2018 died and removed.

  • Aug. 2018 An offset began to grow at the bottom of the foliage.
  • May 2018 It bloomed.
  • Apr. 2018 A root began to grow.
  • Jan. 2018 An inflorescence began to grow.

  • Apr. 2017 Two roots are growing.

  • Dec. 2016 A root began to grow.
  • July 2016 Good condition.

Cultivation Log (1st foliage)

  • Apr. 2009 Two roots grew up to 50 mm long.

  • Mar. 2007 The foliage keeps growing.

  • Oct. 2006 Moved to another site. Cultivation condition is almost same as the previous site.

  • Sept. 2005 Leaves were damaged and turned brown.
  • June 2005 The foliage began to grow upward.

  • Dec. 2004 A root began to grow.
  • Sept. 2004 The center of the foliage turned brown and is dying.
  • Aug. 2004 The temperature rises above 30 °C for 40 days, and the highest temperature was over 39 °C.
  • Apr. 2004 Roots began to grow, and the foliage began to grow upward.
  • Mar. 2004 The growing point has died because of the scale insects (Coccidea), and recovered.

  • Nov. 2003 It has grown to the same size as the original foliage.
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