Tillandsia mount

I picked up some wood today to mount some of my Tillandsias to try and get them looking a little bit more ornamental. I chose a piece of wood with grooves so I could get the finished piece to look natural in the placement of each plant. I may get one more smaller specimen for the front, below the other two. Or, leave it as is. Odds are I’ll leave it as is. Hopefully the larger one (a NOID) will recover from becoming a kitten chew toy and become a nice large specimen. I don’t want it to look crowded once that happens.

Tillandsia mount
New Tillandsia mount.

Right now the larger one is wedged fairly tightly into a small hole, the smaller is just resting in a nook. I’m hoping they’ll both root in place and I won’t have to tie (which I’ve actually done since I wrote this) or (gasp) glue them in place.


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Plant lover living in Toronto, Canada where I grow a wide range of plants in a very small space.
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7 Responses to Tillandsia mount

  1. That is one beautiful display. I did not know what Tillandsia was so I Googled it to find out it is a Bromeliad. Very nice plant which I am guessing, takes no maintenance after it roots. If it needs work, could you write the instructions?

  2. Andrew says:

    The roots are mostly used to grab hold and not so much for water and nutrient uptake. The large one has maybe 7 short 1 cm long roots after two years, and the smaller one has a few but hasn't grown any new ones in well over two years.Instead the plants themselves need to be watered fairly often (sprayed with a mister until dripping or dipped in water to soak for a short time occasionally) but must be allowed to dry completely between waterings.They are relatively easy though given enough water and bright indirect light.

  3. Megan says:

    Nice work! Not all driftwood/tilly combos look so balanced. Looks great.

  4. Thanks for the info. I may try one to see how it goes. Two years is a long time. I guess they are rather small.I thought the mount was large, there is nothing to scale it next to, so now I am thinking small. It is really pretty, no matter how big or small it is.

  5. Andrew says:

    The wood is maybe 8" long. Some Tillandsias (like T. Xerographica) can get large. T. ionantha (most common, the smaller one on the left) stays pretty small. I don't know what the larger one is but the parent I got this pup off of was just over a foot wide. I imagine it'll take mine a long time to reach that size since it hasn't really gotten bigger since I got it.

  6. JG says:

    Great looking set up Andrew. Any info on where I can get Tillandsias in Toronto?

    • Andrew says:

      Thanks. I’m not sure which part of Toronto you’re in but the Sheridan nurseries near me (the Unionville one) has a decent selection right now though they’re pricey. Right now though I’d hit up Home Depot/Rona and the like, there are often Christmas decorations with Tillandsias glued on. You should be able to get those super cheap now and then just carefully dig them out of the glue.

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