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The Chamomile will be picked packed and shipped today (if it's not dark)
The Chamomile will be picked packed and shipped today (if it's not dark)
Most Tillandsia species are epiphytes – i.e. they normally grow without soil while attached to other plants. Tillandsias are epiphytes and need no soil because water and nutrients are absorbed through the leaves.
The roots are mainly used as anchors. Propagation is by seeds or by offsets called "pups". A single plant could yield up to a dozen pups.
Offsets can be separated when about 2/3 the size of their mother to encourage a new colony.
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We also stock 125ml bottles of Tillandsia Care Spray fertilizer
NEW… NEW The new Tillandsia Blister! Three glorious plants you can simply attach to a mirror, tile or any other shiny surface where the sucker will stick!
Air plants (Tillandsia) are a warm weather plant. They don’t need soil and get their nutrients from moisture in the air.
Try to avoid cold drafts and keep away from radiators as the air gets too dry.
They are a warm weather plant and prefer temperatures above 45°F and up to 90°F.
If you have the blister plants on a suction pad, press the pad not the plant when securing.
Lighting Generally the lighter the plant leaves, the more tolerant they are to sunlight.
In summer try to keep all types out of direct sun.
Lighting for Tillandsias should be bright but filtered. 1 metre from the window is ideal.
Once every week soak the plants, leaves and roots in luke warm water for about an hour.
If there is a flower try to keep that above the water level.
When the soaking time is up dry the plant on a paper towel until it is completely dry .This may take up to 4-5 hours depending on the humidity inside your home. Once it is completely dry you can perch it back to its container or spot.
Returning it back to its perch before it is completely dry could result in rot.
Hot gluing the plant to a piece of drift wood (a very common practice) might not be a good idea unless you can submerge the piece of wood in water too weekly.
Thoroughly wet your Tillandsia 2-3 times per week; more often in a hot, dry environment; less often in a cool, humid one.
Spray mist a few times a week.
Spray misting in itself is insufficient as the sole means of watering but may be beneficial between regular watering in dry climates to increase the humidity.
If the plant is in a shell, be sure to empty the water out. Tillandsias will not survive in standing water.
Check for under-watering by an exaggerating of the natural concave curve of each leaf.
The Water you use is important. NEVER USED DISTILLED WATER! Softened Water is a NO NO for the salt content. Filtered water, tap water that has sat long enough for the chlorine to dissipate, bottled water is fine. Pond Water and aquarium water works well as long as they aren't over crowded with fish and/or reptiles.
Use Bromeliad fertilizer (17-8-22) twice a month. It is GREAT for blooming and reproduction.
Our Chamomile plants are grown from division and are more than likely decedents of the originals grown by Dorothy Stewart who lived in Cornwall in the 1930's.
Her garden chamomile spread to form a low growing plant which never flowered. It formed a fragrant, neat, rich green lawn which did not turn brown in dry weather.
Word soon spread and the plants were distributed far and wide,even ending up in Royal Gardens.
The flowering chamomile of both the Roman and German varieties can grow up to 24" and would not really be tidy enough as a lawn although they are delightful in their own right and are widely used in natural remedies.
This cloned variety Treneague will grow to only 6cm but far less if it is walked on occasionally.
Treading on the plants also helps them to spread as this pushed the stems close to the soil where they will root easily.
Planting the Cuttings
Fully hardy and can be planted as soon as they arrive through your letterbox.
The rosette cuttings can be planted 6" apart but you can gauge how quickly you want cover.
The closer you plant the faster the cover.
We have had plants 1 foot apart and these have bonded well, it just takes a bit longer!
These plants will take a few weeks to establish so please don’t be too worried if they look a bit lost, they will soon pick up.
Clear any weeds before planting and keep an eye on the bare soil making sure that weeds don't get a hold, especially deep rooted perennials.
Plant from March to September keep an eye on the watering for a few weeks after planting, especially in dry spells, try to not let them dry out but don't let them sit in water either... A sunny site will help the plants to grow.
Put the plants fully into the soil covering the roots and keeping the leaves touching the soil. This ensures a strong rooting base for the plants. (See pic)
They will thrive in well drained neutral or slightly acid soil.
Care after planting
The plants will benefit from being trimmed, either by hand or a mower once or twice a year. The apple scent is lovely when the plants are trodden on and when established it makes a very restful place to sunbath The plants will also look very attractive in containers.
Perfect for the lazy gardener but not used for tea making or any medicinal use as this requires the flower production.
Ideal for hayfever sufferer, as they don't produce pollen.
Increase Your Stock
When the plants are established you can lift up the runners and you will find that these will have rooted in the same way you received our plants. These can be used to increase your stock and either expand your lawn or fill in bald patches. If the offshoots break when trodden on just push the stems into the ground and they will root.
The bare rooted plants will be dispatched by first class post in an envelope with moist tissue.
There will be a residue of the soil the plants were grown in. This is my own blend of natural compost from the garden so might have the odd piece of eggshell in in, sometimes a small brandling worm (but not often!)
Please open the pack as soon as they are delivered. It is important to take the plants out of the container on delivery as they could rot with the lack of air circulation.
They might look a bit stressed but will soon pick up when planted.
If the weather is bad they could be kept damp or "heel" the plants as a group into either loose soil or a plant pot with compost in it.
Quality Assured If you have any problems with the plants or need any more advice about planting or aftercare please contact me.
The plants will be picked, packed and shipped on the same day, usually the day you order (if it's still light).
First Class delivery and packaging is included in the price.
Plants will vary slightly from the images.
If you are not entirely satisfied with the young plants I will issue a full refund.
Thanks. Ian, gardening.ie
Vintage Seed pots collected over 70 years by a keen Irish gardener.
The pots are hand made with some dating back to the early part of the last century and have the characteristic rimless edge on the top in keeping with the Victorian fashion.
The pots were hand thrown at Ireland's oldest pottery called Carley's Bridge Potteries in County Wexford.
The pottery no longer makes these fine pieces which makes them extremely desirable and a great talking point in any garden.