Tillandsia streptophylla is native from Southern Mexico to Honduras, it is another species that has (in the wild) ant associations (a myrmecophyte).
It has a lovely shape with long soft silvery green leaves like tagliatelle pasta that fold back over its bulbous base, the flower spike is elaborate with pink primary bracts and bright green flower bracts with contrasting purple flowers.
This species likes high light levels with regular misting and good air-movement.
Tillandsia streptophylla is not often available here in the UK.
I have lots of very nice plants available. Medium size and a few larger ones available.
This was the fourth Streptophylla for my collection, the third from Andy; but why so many of the same you might ask? I love the variablity of Streptophylla as a species, which apart from different leaf widths and overall body colours, it can also range from being a tight ball to one with out-stretched limbs looking like an green unruly octopus.
This time I went the whole way for an XL size, which despite the higher price was well worth it. This specimen was more of the flamboyant kind with wavy arms all over the place. But what made this one so appealing was the way that the newer fresher growth made the plant look as if it was wearing a fantastic lime-green crown. As this range was fairly limited, Andy was very helpful as he sent me photos so that I could select the one I wanted.
As always, Andy packed this very well and there was no damage at all to any of the fragile limbs. I would definitely save to buy this splendid species. To those who don't know streptophylla, it can tolerate drought very well which in turn will affect its look: well watered will make its leaves straighter and underwatering will make the leaves curl and twist. So you can actually control its overall look without damaging the plant.
All of my plants have arrived in a fantastic state, well packaged and in a good condition. Excellent specimens that have obviously been well cared for!
One od the best service and I love the big plant. It give me a clear instruction and advice how to care the plant. Want to says big thanks you Andy.
Andy Gavin, of Andy’s Airplants, owns one of the few independent UK-based plant nursery growers of tillandsias and other bromeliads. His passion for his plants show in the high quality of the specimens he grows and supplies and there is no doubt that he would never send out any plant that he wasn’t happy with.
I was ecstatic with all 16 plants that I received in my first ever order this year and was honoured to receive a couple of complimentary extras that were “off-list” which was very kind and generous.
The quality of the plants is first class, sometimes much larger than anticipated, and in some cases they were two-headed or had signs of pups starting to emerge. All plants are individually labelled and a detailed cultivation sheet is supplied. The packing is careful and appropriate, the cardboard box thickly lined with tissue paper to provide padding and insulation for the plants that are then placed directly “en masse” into their padded box before a final thick pillow of tissue paper covers the plants before the box is sealed which is marked Fragile – Live Plants.
Andy’s website is very useful and informative and the availability of plants is constantly changing so check it regularly. The online plant catalogue gives a lot of information on each species which helps you choose those that are most suitable to your growing environment. There are often different sizes of a species available and some may be sold as a single plant or as a larger clump.
Andy is very approachable and friendly and our lengthy dialogue prior to ordering helped me fine tune my order to suit my growing conditions and needs. He is very busy so it might take a few days before you receive a reply but he is on your case so do be patient!
My lasting impression of Andy’s Airplants is top quality healthy plants, grown with care and passion, excellent packing and dispatch, helpful and friendly communications and first class customer service. Highly recommended.