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Description: Tillandsia Straminea is a spectacular, epiphytic species which is native to Ecuador and Peru. Interestingly, this is one of the species that (if grown in good, bright conditions) will become larger and larger with each following generation. The plants foliage is long, thin and streamer like, with a thick coating of fuzzy trichomes giving it it’s stunning silver appearance. This species develops a long, branched inflorescence spike which is a striking lavender / violet colour. It will then produce highly fragrant, white flowers, which have a rim of purple on the petals. The scent is suggested to be similar to that of a Cattleya Orchid, and will last for many weeks as the plant continues to produce more flowers.
Position: We do not recommend keeping this plant indoors. They should receive bright, indirect sunlight. We recommend positions such as under a tree, in a shade-house, or in a covered outdoor area such as a deck or patio. When positioning outdoors in colder states, protection from frost is required, so keep this in mind.
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.