Bromeliad, Tillansia, Germination

Maarten van Helden Maarten.vanhelden at
Fri Jun 16 04:05:42 EST 1995

In article <3rit3n$2f46 at>, WJVF62A at 
>I am interested in germinating and growing seeds from bromeliads, 
>especially tillandsias. Can any one give me any information on the best 
>way to do this.  I live in Central Florida. Thanks
>Byron R. Kindig

The epiphytic tillandsia and other bromeliads seeds are light germinating. 
They need no soil. you can spread them on a piece of bark (cork) or on 
mosquito netting to which they will stick. Hang it outside in a place with 
enough ventilation but not full sun. Spray them every few days and 
wait...wait...wait. They germinate slowly, you might have a good plant in 
4-5 years.

Good luck (be patient)

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