Tillandsia Spotlight: Pseudobaileyi
Native toMexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua, the Tillandsia pseudobaileyi is quite the funky plant!
The pseudobaileyi is characterized by stiff silvery greenish/purple tubular leaves that twist and curve from its bulbous base. Much like the bulbosa belize and the caput medusae, the pseudobaileyi has an almost hollow onion shaped bulb for its base. In the wild, this bulb is often the home to rainforest ants.
When in bloom, the pseudobaileyi emits a long lavender inflorescence that blooms beautiful purple flowers. After blooming you might notice a tiny pup growing out of the base of your plant. You can leave this to form a clump, or remove once it it is ⅓ the size of the mother plant. These plants are prolific propagators, so you might notice more than one pup growing from its base.
To care for your pseudobaileyi, place it in a area of bright indirect sunlight. We also recommend that you place your pseudobaileyi plant either upside down or hanging at an angle so water does not get trapped in its bulb. Be sure to water your pseudobaileyi at least once a week, and shake out any excess water that may have become trapped in its base. Allow to fully dry before placing back in its terrarium or holder. You can also fertilize your pseudobaileyi plant once a month to encourage growth and pup formation.
You can anchor your plant to a piece of wood with a piece of wire, or even strong plant safe glue. If placed in a terrarium, do not cover its base with rock or moss if it is wet, as this can cause it to rot.
Do you have a pseudobaileyi in your collection?
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