Explanation of Plants in Bud
Low bud, high bud no bud…
Various sizes different times of the year…this again goes back to plants being in a constant state of flux.
My plants did not look as good as the last ones…again keep in mind that they are all individuals and look different based on whether or not our shade cloth is up or what level of our growing area they reside.
My plants looked dry. Tillandias are sensitive to over watering. They need to dry out between waterings. In the summer the outside air temperature at the nursery can reach 100-108 F at 20% humidity.
The plants lose water traveling in these conditions. Plants ordered in the warm months should be soaked on arrival then given enough time to rehydrate. Keep in mind that they should not remain wet for much more than 4 hours or they may suffocate and die.
Our night temperatures are getting below freezing. Is it safe to ship? The box and the UPS truck offer some protection against the cold. We recommend shipping the plants when lows are 22 f or higher. We have not had any problems except when UPS has mishandled the plants less than 1 % of the time.