An unusual and striking plant, this Tillandsia produces beautiful tall yellow flower spikes that last months. *Plants in stock are not currently flowering yet.
Tip: Instead of water-logging the soil, pour a little water into the heart (centre cup) of the plant's leaves, watering again when it's dried up.
Available in a 14cm grow pot. Decorative pots sold separately.
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Bright indirect light. Tillandsias that are grey and slightly furry are able to withstand sunnier, drier conditions. They are called xeric types and some are even found in deserts. Give them a little sun in the morning for optimal flowering.
Water into the centre of the plant where the leaves meet in a rosette, without letting the soil get waterlogged. As an air plant Tillandsias' roots like to be in soil that drains well. Mist the plant to increase humidity if necessary (leaves get brown tips). Tillandsias like it dirty and absorb nutrients when they're bathed in water from lakes, ponds, bird baths and Jo Jo tanks. In fact if you give them something as pure as distilled or filtered water they could die.
Dirty water. You can also submerge it in a water soluble fertiliser like Seagro, however make sure to use a third or a quarter of the recommended dosage or it could burn/stain the plant.
Tillandsias are free spirits and hate being tied down. They don't need soil - they absorb nutrients from the air through microscopic pores on their leaves. You can remove this specimen from the pot, just mist more regularly with water until it adapts.
Your Tillandsia will chill pretty much anywhere, even outdoors in the trees or as a table decoration. The 'fuzzy' hairs on the leaves hold on to excess water droplets and moisture, enabling it to adapt to dry conditions.
Gold miners used to use Tillandsia usneoides as a sentinel species to detect and absorb mercury from the air. Considering they absorb and store airborne particles, they are still used today to monitor urban and industrial pollution
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