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Tillandsia - Leon


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Description: Tillandsia Leon has been widely grown in horticulture, however the exact identity or origin of the plant is currently unknown. The plant flowers and reproduces prolifically and seems to be one clone with no variation. It has sold under the name T. "Recurvifolia v. Subsecundifolia Hybrid" in the past. However, botanist Eric Gouda has suggested it has similarities to T. Leonamiana, and because of this, Chris Larson has registered the species as T. Leon. This species can grow to a large size of around 18cm across. The plants leaves are silver due to the many trichomes coating it's surface. The foliage is rigid, recurved and deeply channeled. This plant develops a long, carmine pink inflorescence spike which produces light purple flowers. This species can grow to a large size of around 18cm across, however it will often flower at a smaller size. 

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.