Tillandsia leonamiana can take an unbelieveble amount of direct sun and wind. It grows outdoors in the coastal Mediterranean. This choicy species bears spetacular red and white inflorescences but it is not a regular bloomer and this may happen every other year. Its origin is still a mistery: it was probably collected in October 1973 in Minas Gerais by Achim Seidel, but then a lot of confusion took place and it has never been found again in the wild ... read more here: http://www.bromeliad.org.au/pictures/Tillandsia/leonamiana.htm
Our Tillandsias - What do we ship?
We grow our grey-leaved tillandsias outdoors, here in Tenerife. We start them by dividing large adults, so they are all "XXL" in size. They grow exposed to full sun, rain and wind during the winter months and we shift them to morning-to-midday sun during the hot months. By doing so they become very robust.
Tillandsias are extreme epiphytes that typically do not like to be planted in pots. Most of them prefer to be hung on branches or wires. We do not provide any support with the plant that we ship so be prepared to fix your airplant. We recommend to tie them with nylon fishing line, or metal wire as a second option. We never use glue, since it can cause problems.
If you want to learn more about what we ship, including some bromeliads, click our our information menu, then read "What we exactly ship" and see pictures of our plants on the packing desk.