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Description: Tillandsia heteromorpha is native to Peru and Mexico where it grows as a lithophyte (on rock faces), at elevations of 600 to 1,000m. This is a caulescent plant (stem growing) which forms star like rosettes similar to that of T. funckiana. The foliage is fine, needle like, and silver in colour (due to the heavy coating of trichomes on it's surface). The plant has a pale pink inflorescence which produces bi-colour flowers (petals have a purple base and pink tips). T. heteromorpha produces many pups along it's stem and will quickly form a nice clump. The plant prefers bright light and good air flow (indicated by the silver, thin leaves). Being a Xeric species, this plant thrives when mounted in a bright, dry condition with good 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.