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Description: Tillandsia Cotton Candy 'Compact Form' is a green, more rigid form of T. Cotton Candy. (The leaves remind me of T. Stricta 'Bak'). It is thought that it is a rare variation created in an offset (which are usually clones of the mother plant). The foliage is short, rigid, and a gorgeous dark green colour.
Cotton Candy (the original) is a hybrid cultivar of Stricta X Recurvifolia. It is a stunning silver variety with an accompanying bright pink inflorescence with lilac flowers. It is similar to Tillandsia Houston, however the leaves are thinner and much softer in structure. It grows fast and can produce a clump of offsets in a relatively short amount of time.
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.