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Tillandsia - tectorum


Description: Tillandsia tectorum 'Enano' was originally imported to Australia by Maurice Kellet from Werner Krauspe in the 80s. This plant is caulescent, growing to 20cm in diameter with a 7.5cm scape. A unique point about this plant is that the flowers are blue / violet in colour, rather than the standard bicolour violet / white flowers of most Tectorum varieties.

Tillandsia Tectorum are known for their unique “fuzzy” appearance, due to the pronounced Trichomes on the surface of the leaves. These pronounced Trichomes, and it's silver colour give this species the appearance of a giant snow flake.

Position: We do not recommend keeping this plant indoors. It must be grown in bright light (or full sun), good airflow, and infrequent waterings. Under a tree, verandah or deck, or in a shadehouse are all great locations for this plant. Ensure the location you choose has good air flow to help the plant dry out between watering. This species can withstand low temperatures, however it must be protected from frost. This species can be grown suspended or mounted on a solid substrate that does not retain water (timber, cork bark, etc). You can attach this plant to the surface using coated wire, fishing line, or an adhesive such as silicone, hot glue, or no-more nails. Do not cover the base of the plant with moss or any other substrate as it may rot.

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 "Accessories" section. Simply give the plant one or two sprays after watering.


Each living plant is unique and may vary slightly in size, colour or shape depending on the season. Flowering plants are sent when available.