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Description: Tillandsia subsecundifolia ‘Giant Orange’. As the name suggests, this is a giant form of the species with an impressive, orange inflorescence. We originally sourced this plant from Bruce Dunstan.
Tillandsia subsecundifolia, previously known as Tillandsia recurvifolia var. Subsecundifolia (it has now been classified as it's own species.) This plant is native to Brazil. The foliage is succulent, velvety, and silver, this tells you that the plant enjoys high light and can withstand long periods with little to no rain. The plant has a stunning, bright orange inflorescence which produces approximately 4 to 6 white petaled flowers. This plant produces many offsets after flowering and will quickly form a large clump. Being a Xeric species, this plant likes bright, dry conditions with good air flow. This variety will flower in August (Winter).
Position: We do not recommend keeping this plant indoors. It requires bright light, good airflow, and infrequent waterings. Under a tree, verandah or deck, or in a shadehouse are all great locations for this plant. Ensure the location you choose has good air flow to help the plant dry out between watering. This species can withstand low temperatures, however it must be protected from frost. This species can be grown suspended or mounted on a solid substrate that does not retain water (timber, cork bark, etc). You can attach this plant to the surface using coated wire, fishing line, or an adhesive such as silicone, hot glue, or no-more nails. Do not cover the base of the plant with moss or any other substrate as it may rot.
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 "Accessories" section. Simply give the plant one or two sprays after watering.
Each living plant is unique and may vary slightly in size, colour or shape depending on the season. Flowering plants are sent when available.