Tillandsia - Filifolia

Description: Tillandsia Filifolia has a native distribution from Mexico to Costa Rica, where it grows at altitudes of 0 to 2,000. The plant's name "Filifolia" means "Thread Leaf" which is fitting due to the long, fine, needle like leaves. These leaves are a bright green with a very dark brown base. This plant develops a long, thin inflorescence spike which produces white to lilac flowers. As the leaves are green, T. Filifolia enjoys being grown in a semi-shady area. However, care must be taken to make sure there is sufficient air flow. 

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.


Type: Air Plants


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