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Tillandsia - albertiana ex. CC


Description: Tillandsia albertiana is one of the very few Tillandisia species with a RED flower! Because of this, humming birds go crazy over it in it's natural habitat - these birds helping with the plant's pollination. Another unique characteristic of it's flower is the large size (compared to other Tillandsia) and that the flower can last up to a week, rather than just one day like most species. Tillandisa albertiana has thick, distichous leaves, which can grow to around 8cm in length. It puts out many pups after flowering which will eventually form into a large, spherical clump. This plant is native to the Salta Province, which stretches from northern Argentina into Brazil. We have found this species enjoys being mounted to reduce the risk of moisture build up. 

Position: This variety is sensitive to overwatering and is likely to rot if it does not dry out properly. It is a very slow grower. We recommend mounting the plant to ensure good air flow.  They should receive bright, indirect sunlight. Outdoors under partially shaded conditions is fine but in the colder states protection from frost is required, so an undercover or indoor 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.