Tillandsia usneoides is native to the tropics of South America and the southern United States. It is one of the easiest plants to grow requiring only warm, humid air.
Blooming Time: Spanish moss rarely blooms in cultivation.
Culture: Tillandsia usneoides is a hanging growth. In the right conditions it may grow to more than yard long. Spanish moss grows best in a spot with plenty of light, with summertime temperatures of 70 degrees or higher and winter temperatures in the 60’s. Water the plants by misting regularly with lukewarm water. The plant needs no fertilizer, because they make use of small traces of nutrients in the air. Spanish moss is an epiphyte and needs no soil or transplanting.
Propagation: Tillandsia usneoides is propagated by division of plantlets hung on bark slabs.
Tillandsia usneoides was featured as Plant of the Week November 19-25, 1999.
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