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When my tillys grow the flowers they bloom with no color and just seem to fall off and rot. Is this a lighting issue or moisture? I try to keep them from getting to wet.
 

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When my tillys grow the flowers they bloom with no color and just seem to fall off and rot. Is this a lighting issue or moisture? I try to keep them from getting to wet.
they usually only last a day, if that. The color issue might be due to fertilization, though. Most of mine come out with a violet purple color
 

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By no color do you mean pale, or green? I don't know any green flowered tillandsia (I don't know them all), except T. usenoides (spanish moss). Most are purple or blue. A nice red flowered one is T. albertiana.

I'd also suspect a nutrition issue, although if they are in a tank with frogs, it is hard to imagine what that could be. Usually more nutrition than most plants need in a frog tank.
 

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By no color do you mean pale, or green? I don't know any green flowered tillandsia (I don't know them all), except T. usenoides (spanish moss). Most are purple or blue. A nice red flowered one is T. albertiana.

I'd also suspect a nutrition issue, although if they are in a tank with frogs, it is hard to imagine what that could be. Usually more nutrition than most plants need in a frog tank.
Spanish moss is predominately yellow flowered, I believe
 

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If the viv is completely sealed, via, a glass top, without some air flow, this might be a reason too.
I could see that leading to early rot, but no sure how it would effect actually flower color. Unless the actual bulb, or even spike, were being effected by some type of rot
 

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Spanish moss is predominately yellow flowered, I believe
Looks green to me when it blooms in the greenhouse. Maybe yellow-green, I guess.

I must say I've never had much luck with the typical tillandsias in a viv. The ones you normally see, anyway, that are silver/grey colored. That color is an adaptation to high sunlight (think sunscreen). Don't think I can get that much in a tank. There are some species of tillandsia with very different foliage (look like vriesia or guzmania), like T. wagneriania. Those probably would do well.
 

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I agree with little frog. I have tillys growing both inside (under 4 grow lights) and outside on a ficus tree. The ones outside produce more colorful flowers than the ones inside. As much as we attempt to reproduce the sun....we just aren't there.
 

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Tillandsias in tanks... The flowers don't last 1/4 as long as they do outside in the open. I assume it's more about the humidity than anything else. The flowers seems to wilt pretty quickly. On the other hand we had a few Ionantha hybrids in the store (just on the grow rack) flower and stay blooming for at least a full week!

One of our local breeding partners (working with cresties) has a few dozen Tillandsias in his house and in his vivariums, as well. His wife is the Tillandsia master! :p All of the "house" Tillandsias are pupping like crazy, and it seems like there's always at least one or two flowering when I stop by. Here's a shot from a couple weeks ago. I think it's Tillandsia aeranthos, but you can see a Bulbosa behind it.



edit: to clarify - that's in his living room, not one of his vivariums. :)
 

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Always variants on the 'typical' for any species, might well be a yellow one. Might want it, it is hard to find the flowers on spanish moss usually!

Another Tillandsia that might be worth trying in tanks is T. bicolor. I just got two from Ecuador this spring. Hopefully they will grow well. They look like small neoregelias, more than anything.
 

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Always variants on the 'typical' for any species, might well be a yellow one. Might want it, it is hard to find the flowers on spanish moss usually!

Another Tillandsia that might be worth trying in tanks is T. bicolor. I just got two from Ecuador this spring. Hopefully they will grow well. They look like small neoregelias, more than anything.
You mean T biflora? If so, I've been wanting to try that one myself for a while. Hook me up mang! :p
 
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