In their natural environment tillandsias can be found growing on trees and other plants, on rocks, even on bare desert sand (eg. T.ehlersiana). Mounting (displaying) tillandsias can be an attempt to recreate the natural setting, fastening the plants to trees, wood, rocks; basically to anything. But it need not stop there. You can put a tillandsia in a glass ball, in a tin cup, in a brandy glass, on a shard of ceramic, hang it on a rope or fishing line, fasten a whole collection onto a weathered tree trunk...or try the upside-down remains of a tree's roots as a base.
Sometimes you can just put the plant in place, as in a hole in weathered wood or similar mounts, sometimes you can place it inside a container or on on top of a mount, but often you will need to fasten it in place. This can be done with rope, wire, strips of old pantihose (this seems to be the favourite of serious tillandsia growers!), solvent-free glue — anything that will keep the plant in place. Keep an eye on plants fastened with rope or similar means: as the plant grows you'll have to loosen or replace the rope from time to time to prevent it from cutting into the plant.
There are really no limits to displaying your tillandsias — if you can imagine it, it can usually be done.
Below are some examples to imitate or improve upon. Some come frrom Treebeard & Co, some from friends, some from the internet. But don't stop here — use your own imagination. And mail us the pictures to share!



  • Anything with copper in it — copper kills tillandsias!
  • Mounts or containers that collects water at its base; tillandsias standing in water will rot and die. Drill a drainage hole in your container or wood mount.
  • Closed containers: tillandsias need a bit of airflow to stay alive.
  • Driftwood picked up on the beach make great mounts — but the salt in it will damage your plant. Soak the wood in in water for a few days to leach out the salt, let it dry properly, then use it.
  • If you use glue (solvent-free!) to fasten your plant, be sure not to cover its whole base with glue. If you do, the plant won't be able to form pups later on.

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