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Description: Tillandsia baileyi has long, thin, silver leaves which protrude from a bulbous base. The leaves are sliver due to the large amount of Trichomes on their surface. Because of this, the plant grows well as an epiphyte, enjoying high light and good air flow. The inflorescence is a long, thin stem with small, tubular flowers which are purple in colour. This plant pups profusely and will quickly form a large, unruly clump. This species is native to Texas, Mexico and Guatemala - growing at altitudes of 900 - 1200m.
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 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.