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Tillandsia - ionantha 'Large Form'


The actual plants you will receive are shown in the last image. 

Description: Tillandsia ionantha 'Large Form' as can be insinuated by its name, is a cultivar of the species Ionantha which is larger in size compared to other varieties. It is not a specific clone, and there is some variation between plants sold under this name.

T. ionantha is one of the most attractive and popular of the Tillandsia family due to it's structure, ease of care, and bright colour when in bloom. Most of the year it is green, but it will turn a bright pink / red when it blooms in order to attract hummingbirds to pollinate it. This plant has narrow, tubular flowers which rise from the foliage and are a deep purple in colour. After flowering, the plant produces multiple offsets over time to become a large cluster.

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 indoor 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.