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Tillandsia - Flabellata ‘Giant Red’ ex. PT


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Description: As the name suggests, this is a giant form of the species with a bright red inflorescence. Tillandsia Flabellata was originally described by John Gilbert Baker in 1887. This species is native to Southern Mexico, Elsalvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicarague, where it grows as an epiphyte at altitudes of up to 1,500m above sea level. This plant has light green, streamer like foliage. When coming into bloom the plant will form a large, multi-branched inflorescence which will be bright red in colour. From this inflorescence, flowers will start emerging from the base and progressively flower towards the top. 

Position: We find this species thrives when potted in a small pot with a well draining potting mix. Growing this species indoors is possible. However you will need to make sure it is next to a window with bright light, and good air flow. This species will thrive outside under bright, but indirect sunlight. Under a tree, verandah or deck, or in a shadehouse are all great locations for this plant. Ensure the location you choose has good air flow to help the plant dry out between watering. This species can withstand low temperatures, however it must be protected from frost. We find this species thrives when potted in a small pot with a well draining potting mix.

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 "Accessories" section. Simply give the plant one or two sprays after watering.

Each living plant is unique and may vary slightly in size, colour or shape depending on the season. Flowering plants are sent when available.