● This T. ionantha is in bloom, soon it will start growing pups from the side of the base
● T. bulbosa blushing a beautiful red while sending out its purple flowers
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Air Plant Tillandsia: How-to
- Make sure you locate your plant or terrarium at a place where it can receive good amount of bright, indirect light. Some direct sun is fine, but not for too long since it might burn the leaves. Don’t leave it at a dark, window-less room. Artificial light won't be enough for air plants in the long run.
- Occasional misting is okay, but probably not enough since it is dry in Canada and especially if there's central AC running.
- Weekly soaking is recommended: steps below
- Prepare a bucket of water and dunk the plants in for a good 15-30 minutes and then take them out, lay them on a paper towel and wait for them to dry completely (3-4 hours) then stick them back in their home. Prevent rotting by making sure the plants have completely dried out
- A combination of both works great, weekly soaking and misting every other day
- Water quality: Straight tap water is not optimal in the long run, because the chemicals in the water will damage the plants slowly. Rain water is the best option, but obviously harder to obtain. I recommend filtered water, or tap water after 24h of sitting
- Tip: Save rice water and soak your plants in it once in a while, it is a natural fertilizer for air plants.
- Fertilizing is not required but recommended for plant growth and blooming. Fertilize once every 2 weeks with specialized Tillandsia fertilizer. Bromeliad or orchid fertilizer diluted to 1/4 or 1/2 the strength is also fine.
- They are nicknamed “air plants” after all, taking nutrients from the air through their leaves, so these guys really need ample airflow to thrive. If growing indoors, make sure you have your windows opened often, or use a fan to help air circulation.
Blooming and offsets
- Air plants produce flowers too! And for many plants the leaves will blush red when they are in bloom.
- After or during blooming, air plants often begin to produce offsets, or baby plants. You can leave it be and let them grow in clumps, or separate the baby plant when it is at least 1/3 of the mother plant