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Description: Tillandsia festucoides is native to Florida, Central America, Mexico, and the Caymen Islands where it grows at altitudes of 50-100m. The foliage of this species is thin and grass like, which can grow to a height of 25-45cm. The leaves tend to be green in colour, but will develop red banding depending on the season and growing conditions. T. festucoides develops a long, delicate inflorescence, which is red in colour and produces purple, tubular flowers.
Position: We find this species enjoys being mounted so as to achieve good air flow. 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.