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Tillandsia - Balbisiana


Description: Tillandsia Balbisiana is native to Central America, Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia, Florida and the West Indies. In nature the plant is actually myrmecophytic, which means it grows in a symbiotic relationships with a colony of ants. This plant is another of the pseudo-bulbous Tillandsia varieties although the base is less densely packed when compared to T. Bulbosa or T. Pseudobailei. It's foliage is bright green, long, flat and thin. The plant grows quite tall, and the leaves will eventually curl and hang downward. This plant produces a tall inflorescence spike which is different shades of red / orange. The flowers are tubular and purple in colour. 

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.


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