Old Mans Beard - Spanish Moss - Tillandsia Usneoides
So here is a super interesting air plant to add to your garden!
Native to the southeastern United States, Bahamas and Central and South America, it is now well naturalised in Queensland and French Polynesia. This tiny angiosperm (or flowering plant) is in fact an epiphyte and a bromeliad which grows on hanging branches in sun to partial shade. Although grown historically as a packaging material for use in furniture, fibre and insulation, it is now grown as a rare and interesting curiosity for your garden! It looks fantastic draped over a tree limb or growing on your tressis.
Growing Spanish Moss - Tillandsia Usneoides
A truely fascinating plant, it has no aerial roots but propagates by seed and by fragments caught in the wind. Although it hangs on the tree branch it does not take nutrients from the tree but derives nutrients from run off from the tree branches and minerals brought by rain. It will thrive in a warm and humid spot, and responds well to misting or the occassional squirt with the garden hose. Although they will survive down to -5C they require 300 frost free days a year. To ensure your plants survival protect them from frost. If you live in a colder climate, perhaps grow your Tillandsia in a hanging basket in a protected location.
Tillandsia Usneoides Plants for Sale:
This plant is shipped in a small freezer bag and is a good handful. When you receive it gently remove from bag, hang in desired spot and spray with water. Spray once a week as required for beautiful growth - add a little seasol occassionally.