- It is a great air plant and easy to care for, it does actually bloom, but prefers to focus on producing offsets. The flowers are a violet-blue.
- It grows natively in parts of Buenos Aires on the steep rocky cliffs.
- It is one of the fastest clumping species of air plants, and grows all-year round.
- It is well adapted to the dry, sunny conditions, and thus does particularly well in South Africa.
- The leaves are covered in trichomes which give it the gray color.
- This allows it to absorb nutrients from the air, whilst reflecting excess sunlight.
- After watering, you will see that the leaves are green. That is an indication that the air plant is doing well.
- Bright, indirect sunlight or indoor lighting (like from fluorescent bulbs).
- They can tolerate a couple hours of direct sun, but this is very drying, so plan to supplement their water if they do get direct sun.
- While air plants can handle short periods of darkness, like when they are shipped, or if they are temporarily displayed in a dark corner, they do need good lighting to grow their best. Indoors or out, tillandsia are very versatile.
Tillandsia can live entirely of nutrients and moisture in the air in their native habitats. Each leaf has a texture designed to collect as much moisture from the air as possible.The many leaves of the plant then funnel water droplets to the base of the plant for its use.
- Rain water is best, tap water is usually fine, set a bowl of tap water on the counter for a few hours prior to using it, this way the chlorine can evaporate.
- Submerge your plants in the water, and leave them soaking for an hour. After their bath, gently shake the excess water from the plants and set them out in good air circulation to air dry upside down, to let all the trapped water run out and dry.
- When they are fully dry, return them to their display. It is important not to let the plants remain wet, or they will rot.
- Weekly soakings will keep your tillandsia happy in most locations.
- Supplement with misting a couple times each week. If you are in a very dry location or are going through a heat spell, mist more frequently, and consider adding a second bath each week.
- Well watered plants leaves are more open and more flexible, and the color is clearer.
- Air plants in bloom should be rinsed under running water instead of submerged, with care taken for the delicate flower. Increase misting for the air plants while in bloom.
- Use a fertilizer specifically formulated for bromeliads or air plants once a month.
- Add the fertilizer water to a spray bottle, and mist thoroughly with the food water once a month.
- Between 10° and 32° celsius.