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Description: Tillandsia Ionantha 'Stricta' (also referred to as Ionantha 'Rosita'), is quite an interesting cultivar due to the change in structure it experiences through it's growth cycle. The plant will start off as a fuzzy looking ball, sporting fine, silvery leaves. As the plat matures the leaves will become thicker and more vertically orientated. When kept in high light T. Ionantha 'Stricta' holds colour well and can often be red to pink in colour even as a young plant. Generally this variety will flowering in October / November.
The blushing of T. Ionantha when in bloom helps to attract hummingbirds to pollinate it. This plant has narrow, tubular flowers which rise from the foliage and are a deep purple. After flowering it will produce 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 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.