Because of the ease to display them in creative ways, Tillandsia are becoming popular among home gardeners. The genus Tillandsia consists of 650 different species so there’s a choice for everyone!
Tillandsia Bergeri is one that’s famous among young gardeners and air plant beginners.
Tillandsia Bergeri is one of the fastest-growing species in the genus Tillandsia. It’s referred to as the “Mad Pupper” due to its ability to produce offsets or ‘pups’ all year round. Unlike other air plants, Bergeri quickly forms clumps. So, if you like to see good visible growth in a short time, this air plant is for you.
Here we’re going to discuss this plant in depth.
What is Tillandsia Bergeri?
Tillandsia Bergeri is a rock-dwelling ever-green perennial air plant with scaly gray to medium green leaves. They can also be epiphytic or terrestrial. The leaves are linear and tough. They display varying coloration from gray-green to dark and hues of red.
It’s known as one of the fastest clumping species of Tillandsia air plants and grows 365 days a year.
However, it may not flower every year.
These plants are native to South America, particularly Argentina, where they grow on granite rocks on steep rocky cliffs. Tillandsia Bergeri are altitude loving plants growing at elevations of 1000 meters or above.
Tillandsia Bergeri species was first described in 1916 by Carl Christian Mez. It is named after the German Botanist, Alwin Berger.
The scientific name of the plant is Tillandsia Bergeri. It is also known by the name of Tillandsia Aeranthos Bergeri.
Tillandsia Bergeri belongs to the family Bromeliaceae and order Poales.
Tillandsia Bergeri blooms every 2 or 3 years but prefers to focus on producing offsets. The floral bracts are more or less pinkish and scaly and sometimes green at the apex. The flowers grow in a gorgeous blue to violet shade (with some deep pink hues at times) and white in the center. The bracts are scaly and tight against the stem.
The flowers are quite small. They measure about .5 centimeters in length and usually funnel-shaped having 3 petals and sepals. They also have spreading terminal lobes and grow out from the middle of the bracts. The petals are somewhat twisted and the edges are wavy.
Tillandsia Bergeri falls under USDA hardiness zones 9 to 11. This means it can survive in temperatures as low as 20 °F to 50 °F (or -6.7 °C to +10 °C).
Tillandsia Bergeri Care
Like other Tillandsia plants, Tillandsia Bergeri is fairly easy to grow and care for. They are generally fast-growing but the growth and is also dependent on your geographical location. Where you grow them and how much time you invest tending to them is a factor.
Here are some specific requirements that ensure ideal growth.
Watering Tillandsia Bergeri is necessary to prevent it from getting dehydrated. If you notice curled edges of the leaves more than normal, it indicates that the plant was under-watered.
You may have to submerge it completely for 12-14 hours to correct this. Filtered tap water or bottled water works well because it’s not high in dissolved salts or impurities.
Under normal conditions, spray water on the plants at least twice a week during summers and once a week during winters. Make sure that you shake it off well after watering so that no water is trapped between its leaves.
Tillandsia Bergeri thrives in bright filtered light so place it in a position where it receives good amount of filtered light. Adjacent to a wall near a window and near a window covered with sheer curtains are good spots.
The ideal temperature range for Tillandsia Bergeri ranges from 10 °C to 32 °C (50-89.6 °F). Large-sized plants can withstand high temperatures or freeze for short periods of time.
Fertilizing Tillandsia Bergeri is not necessary but it helps with healthy growth and helps them bloom. Use a water-soluble fertilizer and fertilize 1-2 times a month during summers and once a month during winters.
Keep the doses moderate.
Overfertilization can cause the plant to burn.
How to Identify Tillandsia Bergeri?
The size of Tillandsia Bergeri is about 12-14 inches in width and 10 inches high. The leaves are hard and linear, grayish-green to dark green in color and covered in gray trichomes. The blades of the leaves are channeled and attenuated. Curving is more prominent when the plant receives good sunlight.
The roots are thin and wire-like making up an extensive root system. The plant forms clumps very quickly. They are recognized for this reason because they pup all the time even without flowering.
How to Display Tillandsia Bulbosa?
Tillandsia Bergeri can make for a wonderful addition to your indoor or outdoor garden. Just like with other air plants, you can be as creative as you want when it comes to displaying them.
Air plants naturally prefer to be mounted.
Tillandsia Bergeri are naturally mounted to rocks present on cliffs. Thus, they like to be mounted to a solid material that does not keep water. You can use an adhesive to glue the plant on an artificial rock or driftwood.
You may also use a wire to attach the plant to the base. Don’t cover the base of the plant with moss because it may lead to rotting.
As far as mounting objects are concerned, you can choose from unimaginable variety of decorative mounts. A few examples are rocks, slate, shells, barks, and driftwood.
Put them together in attractive clumps for maximizing the visual aesthetic.
Tillandsia beriberi is a very adaptable, tolerant and easy to care for air plant species. Because of its ability to quickly form clumps, it can lift up your home décor and garden spaces with its beautiful gray-green foliage and blue-violet flowers.