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Description: Tillandsia caerulea is native to the arid regions of Peru and Ecuador where it grows at altitudes of 900 to 2,700m. In nature it grows as an epiphyte, forming huge, trailing collonies of whispy plants. This species is has a caulescent (stem growing) growth habit. The plant's folaige is yellow / green in colour, and has a thick layer of trichomes on it's surface, giving it a velvet like feel. T. Caerulea forms a long, thin inflorescence spike that produces 4 to 6, light blue flowers which open in succession over a period of a few weeks. These flowers produce a sweet, delicate perfume and the species can flower for up to 9 months of the year! We have found this species is very sensitive to over-watering and susceptible to rot. To avoid this we recommend mounting the plant and keeping it in a well ventilated area.
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.