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Tillandsia Queen's Delight

Tillandsia ‘Queen’s Delight’ (carlsoniae x chiapensis)

A much sort after hybrid, Tillandsia ‘Queen’s Delight’, really is a sight to behold. The salmon-colored floral bracts and dark purple flowers look absolutely awesome. A real beauty for sure.

Quick Guide

Bright indirect light (grows indoors)
Soak once a week
Feed once every 2-4 weeks
Height 24″ (60.9 cm)
Width 14″ (35.5 cm)
Vibrant purple flowers
Hybrid by Pamela Koide Hyatt.

How To Care For Tillandsia ‘Queen’s Delight’

This wonderful hybrid forms a thick, mature, open rosette from top to bottom and has succulent-type leaves that are covered in thousands of tiny trichomes that add to the plant’s silvery-green appearance.

A cultivar of Tillandsia Carlsoniae and Tillandsia Chiapensis, ‘Queen’s Delight’ is relatively easy to grow. This air plant has typical needs such as bright, indirect sunlight, and good airflow.

Be careful not to damage the leaves, particularly when hanging or mounting this hybrid. The trichomes are easily damaged so handle the plant with care. You will also need to protect this hybrid from frost during winter months.

How To Water Tillandsia ‘Queen’s Delight’

Watering ‘Queen’s Delight’ is straightforward enough. A weekly soak for about 20-30 minutes is sufficient. I do like to mist my plants as well when I remember but it’s not absolutely necessary. Rainwater is best but you can use soft tap water if you prefer.

The only thing to watch out for is rotting in and around the inner rosette. The mature rosette can trap excess water so make sure you turn the plant upside down after soaking, give it a gentle shake, and leave it to dry for several hours.

If the plant is kept outdoors and needs additional water you can set the nossal on the hose to spray and then leave the plant to dry out naturally.

Hybrid - Tillandsia Queen's Delight

How To Propagate Tillandsia ‘Queen’s Delight’

The easiest way to create multiple plants is to wait for the pups/offsets to grow and then remove them when they reach a reasonable size, roughly a third of the size of the parent plant.

Propagation by seed is a labor of love for diehard air plant enthusiasts. Of course, I am joking, however, it is a long yet wonderful drawn-out process.

Pups are delicate so gentle handling and frequent misting are required at first.

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Flowers And Expert Tips

When Tillandsia ‘Queen’s Delight’ is in bloom it’s very impressive. A healthy plant will send out as many as ten flower inflorescences. The flower spikes point in different directions and give the plant a distinctive look.

This hybrid forms multiple, short, compact floral bracts that are quill-shaped and a beautiful pink/salmon color.

Dark purple tubular flowers appear from the floral bracts one by one and turn this hybrid into a real show-stopper.

Tillandsia ‘Queen’s Delight’ Parent Plants

A delightful cultivar of Carlsoniae x Chiapensis by Pamela Koide Hyatt.

‘Queen’s Delight’ has multiple flower spikes like Carlsoniae, however, they rise above the rosette and are shaped like those on Tillandsia Chiapensis.

Author - Stephen Little
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