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Tillandsia - caerulea ‘Fine Form’ ex. PT (Fragrant)


Description: Tillandsia caerulea ‘Fine Form’ as the name suggests is a finer form compared to the standard form of this species in circulation. There also seems to be some purple colouration under the silver trichomes. 

Tillandsia caerulea is native to the arid regions of Peru and Ecuador where it grows at altitudes of 900 to 2,700m. In nature it grows as an epiphyte, forming huge, trailing collonies of whispy plants. This species is has a caulescent (stem growing) growth habit. The plant's folaige is yellow / green in colour, and has a thick layer of trichomes on it's surface, giving it a velvet like feel. T. caerulea forms a long, thin inflorescence spike that produces 4 to 6, light blue flowers which open in succession over a period of a few weeks. These flowers produce a sweet, delicate perfume and the species can flower for up to 9 months of the year! We have found this species is very sensitive to over-watering and susceptible to rot. To avoid this we recommend mounting the plant and keeping it in a well ventilated area.

Position: Growing this species indoors is possible. However you will need to make sure it is next to a window with bright light, and good air flow. This species will thrive outside under bright, but indirect sunlight. 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.