A very interesting bromeliad that grows well in hanging baskets Billbergia nutans is also known as ‘Queen’s Tears’ and the friendship plant.
This is a clump forming bromeliad with rather fine strap like foliage, the flowers appear in spring on longer stems and tend to arch down gracefully. The flowers are a combination of pink, yellow and green with touches of purple.
Although widely grown in hanging baskets Billbergia Nutans is also suitable for mass planting is shaded garden beds with good drainage.
In nature, Billbergia Nutans is epiphytic so it can also be mounted. Suitable for growing indoors although it is spring flowering do not be surprised if it sends out the odd flower a other times of the year as well.
A form with variegated foliage is also available, but rare in Australia.
Billbergia nutans like many bromeliads require very little attention once established, they are naturally epiphytic but can easily be grown in pots in a free draining potting mix.
If you have a dry shaded position outside, it will also thrive. This is a frost tolerant bromeliad, it does like a little humidity in summer, so a little mist spraying will be beneficial.
Billbergia nutans may be mounted on cork or wood if desired.
If the plant is reluctant to flower, try moving it into a brighter light and this should solve the problem.
Over time Billbergia nutans will form a clump, and division of the larger clumps is the easiest form of propagation. The best time to dive these plants is in earlier spring after flowering.
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Billbergia nutans is available for sale from the following participating nurseries.
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