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    What Tillandsia for desert climate?

    Hello,

    I am wondering if there are Tillandsia that do better in a desert climate than others.

    I have 15-30% humidity year round.
    These would be indoors near a window that unfortunately faces north. (None facing south)

    I have an interesting hanging potter that isn't suitable for rooted plants due to lack of drainage. It has a large circular opening through the middle of it that I would like to hang Tillandsia in.

    Thanks for any suggestions.
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    T.Bergeri might be worth looking at

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    While not Tillandsias, you might want to look into the terrestrial bromeliads in the Puya genus. These are high desert plants from the Andes and should do well where you are. Many species resemble giant terrestrial Tillandsia and have beautiful inflorescences.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puya_%28genus%29

    https://www.google.com/search?q=puya...evid=666146932

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cthulhu138 View Post
    While not Tillandsias, you might want to look into the terrestrial bromeliads in the Puya genus. These are high desert plants from the Andes and should do well where you are. Many species resemble giant terrestrial Tillandsia and have beautiful inflorescences.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puya_%28genus%29

    https://www.google.com/search?q=puya...evid=666146932
    And since this is a carnivorous plant forum it should be mentioned that one Puya species allegedly eats sheep! Puya chilensis, The Sheep Eating Plant!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SubRosa View Post
    And since this is a carnivorous plant forum it should be mentioned that one Puya species allegedly eats sheep! Puya chilensis, The Sheep Eating Plant!
    hahahaha I read an article on that a few years ago. Couldn't help but laugh.

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    Dyckia and Hechtia are also good genera to look into. T. xerographica and T. duratii will also handle a decent amount of drought. Xerographica is native to dry forests and gets pounded with heat/light.

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    Do you think only having a northerly window will be a bigger problem than the low humidity.

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    For plants that live in exposed situations often at high altitude high light levels are essential.
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