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Tillandsia - capitata ‘Marron Chunky’ ex. Heid


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Description: Tillandsia capitata ‘Marron’ is arguably the most stunning of the capitata varieties. It is sometimes referred to as ‘Old Gold’. When coming into bloom its leaves will blush a bright red / maroon, changing to yellow in the center. The change from red to yellow is usually quite a hard line which gives a beautiful contrast between sections of colour. Grow this plant in very bright conditions if you want to maximise the colour. T. Capitata are native to Mexico and Cuba, where they grow on exposed rock faces and at the base of trees. This plant has purple, tubular flowers, which will emerge in January (Summer. 

Position: This plant can be sensitive to the cold. Grow in very bright conditions if you want to maximise the colour. We find this species thrives when potted in a small pot with a well draining potting mix. 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.

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.