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Description: Tillandsia Mitlaensis is a lithotype (which means it grows on rocks) and is endemic to Mexico where it forms large, cascading colonies. The plant has thick, succulent leaves which are silver in colour and secund in growth habit (curving toward one side). Due to the high number of trichomes on the plants surface, it enjoys bright light and good air flow. This plant produces a pastel pink inflorescence with purple petaled, tubular flowers. T. Mitlaensis is a stunning plant when mounted on a piece of cork bark, and will quickly form a nice little clump. In Brisbane, the inflorescence spike developed in January / February and the flowers emerge in March.
Position: They should receive bright, indirect sunlight. Indoors, an east or west facing window area is ideal. Outdoors under partially shaded conditions is fine but in the colder states protection from frost is required, so an undercover or indoors area is more appropriate.
Watering: As a general rule, a plant in a hot position will require watering every 2-3 days. In a dark, humid environment watering once per week can often be adequate. This can be achieved by misting or dunking the plant. If outdoors, a hose can be used. When dunking a plant, leave submerged in a bowl of water for 10-20 minutes before shaking off excess water. Air plants love to dry out completely between each watering and must never have water sitting at their base as this will cause the plant to rot.
Fertilisation: We recommend fertilising your Air Plants once a fortnight in the warmer months and once a month through winter. We sell Air Plant Fertiliser in our "Decor" section and this bottle can be diluted to create 1L of fertiliser.
Each living plant is unique and may vary slightly in size, colour or shape depending on the season. Flowering plants are sent when available.