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Tillandsia - Bandensis (Fragrant)


Description: Tillandsia Bandensis is one of the miniature Tillandsia species from the subgenus Diaphoranthema. This plant is native to Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay where it grows on the surfaces of trees and rocks at an elevation of 300-2000m. It's foliage is grey / green in colour and is distichous, meaning the leaves grow in 2 rows, opposite to each other, along a 2D plane. This gives the plant a rigid, fan like structure which forms quite an interesting display if left to clump. T. Bandensis has tiny, three petaled, purple flowers which grow on the end of a thin stem and are mildly fragrant. This species enjoys being mounted upside down so it's leaves can reach up towards the sun.

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.