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Tillandsia - Cumi-Cumi


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Description: Tillandsia Cumi-Cumi (pronounced Chumi-Chumi) stands for “Squid” in the Indonesian language. This plant was bred by Bob Hudson, self seeding a plant he acquired as T. Baileyi Hybrid. It has thin, scurfedgrey / green foliage which will recurve when grown in dry conditions. It has an erect, pointed inflorescence spike, which is pastel pink in colour and produces bicolour, purple and white, tubular flowers. In the past we have sold this plant under the name T. Baileyi ‘Mystery X’. 

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. If grown in dryer conditions it will encourage more curving of the leaves. 

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.