• Billbergia nutans
  • Billbergia nutans - flowering
  • Billbergia nutans flowering in an old terracotta oil lamp - an ideal houseplant
  • Billbergia nutans - epiphytic in a Trachycarpus trunk
    Billbergia nutans - growing in the cleft of a Trachycarpus palm
    Billbergia nutans - just starting to flower
    Billbergia nutans
    Billbergia nutans
    Billbergia nutans
    Billbergia nutans

Billbergia nutans

Queen's Tears, Friendship Plant
Size: ex 10cm pot

Availability: In stock

£5.99

Quick Overview

  • Hardy bromeliad
  • Epiphytic habit
  • Exquisite jewel-like flowers
  • Rosettes of long thin leaves

Description

One of the easiest Bromeliads to grow and – perhaps more importantly – one of the hardiest. I have grown Billbergia nutans outside through every British winter for more than 25 years. It has experienced every imaginable degree of neglect and still it keeps on surviving – and flowering – year after year. It offsets so freely that you can afford to experiment with it and it is particularly well suited to being given an epiphytic perch in the crook of a tree or the old petiole of a Trachycarpus palm. From such a jungly vantage point it sprays out in a wonderful burst of long thin strappy foliage cascading down the trunk like some exotic botanical spider and exploding in late spring and early summer with the most exquisite miniature flowers imaginable. Held aloft on long delicate bracts of soft pink, the clusters of small pendulous flowers have green petals edged with an astonishing tone of metallic-blue and are completed by a dangling set of yellowish anthers. Yet for all its jewelled beauty, to talk of the cultivation requirements of this old-warhorse-of-a-hardy-exotic, is for me somewhat anachronistic, as I tend just to give it a little soil, put it somewhere sheltered and then leave it to get on with life, coming back - every once in a while - to enjoy the flowers. It prefers dappled shade, reasonable overhead shelter from a canopy of larger plants and a well-drained, humus-rich, slightly acidic soil.

It has a very small root system and it is this smallness of this root system and its ability to thrive on so little that lends itself to being planted as an epiphyte, where it often grows in its native countries; Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. However because of this same small root system, you will need to ensure they don't dry out if planting as an epiphyte. If you do plant it in a pot it should be in a small one. Of course you can also have it inside as a house or conservatory plant where its flowering cycle may tend to be more regular with such pampered treatment but for an ‘instant exotic’ look of epiphytic-festooned jungle, Billbergia nutans is impossible to beat.

A grove of Trachycarpus bedecked with this delightful little gem is a very magical place.

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And a third... Review by Ferdinand
Three nutans in, they're all excellent examples. about 30cm high growth, very happy plants. (Posted on 17/11/2018)
Another bushy plant Review by Ferdinand
I came back for a second, which is equally plump and very healthy.
(Posted on 17/11/2018)
Voluptuous delightful plant Review by Ferdinand
This is the first bromeliad I've bought in probably 10 years and I think you may have started something...

A great quality plant, lots of new offsets and I can't wait for next year to hopefully see that spectacular flower.

Living nestled in an old apple tree. (Posted on 22/09/2018)
Sadly It Did Not Survive Review by Agnes
Sadly my plant did not survive our winter (Scotland). I overwintered it in the greenhouse and it lasted through until we had a lengthy spell of sub zero temperatures at the beginning of the year. (Posted on 02/04/2018)
Lovely plants Review by Rhiannon
Got some back in September and they're still doing very well! Healthy plants, have given many pups now too and recently even gave me a flower spike each at the same time!! :) (Posted on 05/02/2018)
lovly and green healthy Review by carol tipton
Could not believe I could attached this plant to a Palm but had ago look great and growing attached with small amount of compost and grit and moss brilliant firmed with garden string ????thank-you???? (Posted on 25/10/2017)
Chelsea flower show Review by Susie
I saw these at the Chelsea flower show this year, so thought I would try them out tucked inside the "pouches" on my tracheacarpus trunk.. Early days for my trial planting, but very pleased with the plants that arrived, good quality as all I have received from tropical Britain and good price (Posted on 19/06/2016)
Excellent quality plants Review by Jacqueline
Don't think I've ever received such good quality plants before, root system is superb and all the plants are very healthy indeed. (Posted on 23/12/2015)
Thank you! Review by Alan
Many thanks for such good healthy plants (Posted on 25/09/2015)
fantastic plant, great out of the box Review by Uwe
Looked like straight out of the jungle, not like straight out of a delivery van, very pleased with quality and service (Posted on 24/07/2014)

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Billbergia nutans

Queen's Tears, Friendship Plant
Size: ex 10cm pot

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