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Description: Tillandsia chiapensis is endemic to chiapas Mexico. The foliage is thick, velvety and a gorgeous pink / grey colour. T. chiapensis produces a long, succulent, sometimes branched, inflorescence spike, which has a frosty coating of trichomes on it, giving it the appearance of pink cotton candy! The colour of this gorgeous inflorescence can last up to a year. This inflorescence will produce Astor violet, tubular flowers. This species quite rare and sort after in the hobby, it is also VERY slow growing. It needs very bright light and high temperatures. It also likes to be kept very dry, although it is speculated that potting it in a well-draining potting mix can help with growth.
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.