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Tillandsia - capillaris ex. CC


Description: Tillandsia capillaris is native to Mexico, Argentina, Chile and Peru. In it's natural habitat the plant grows epiphytically and can be found attached to trees and cacti. T. capillaris grows as an extended stem with distichous leaves (growing either side in a 2D plane). This plant has small flowers which are yellow / green in colour, dusted with a red / brown. These flowers are cleistogamous, meaning that they are self-pollinating. The seed pods are quite small, long and thin in shape, containing only 2 or 3 seeds. After flowering the plant will branch out and quickly form a nice clump. We have found this species thrives when mounted upside-down in a well-ventilated area. This species will flower in September (Spring). 

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.