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Tillandsia - polystachia ex. OM


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Description: Tillandsia polystachia has the honour of being one of the first Tillandsias to be named. It was first described by Carlous Linnaeus in 1762. Carlos Linnaeus was known as the father of binomial nomenclature (the system in which two terms are used to denote a species of living organism.) The plants foliage is long, wide, and bright green. If grown in a bright position, the leaves will often blush with streaks of dark purple. This species develops a tall, orange & green inflorescence spike, with purple, tubular flowers. After pollination the plant produces hundreds of seed and this is often the way it is cultivated, rather than from pups. 

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.