Free Express Postage on All Orders Over $100!

Tillandsia - espinosae


– Sold Out

Description: Tillandsia espinosae is native to Peru and Ecuador, where it grows as an epiphyte at elevations of 200 to 900m. This plant has an open rosette structure, formed by many silver, rigid leaves. The pointed leaves give it nearly a 'spikey' look. The plant will put out offsets via long, thick stolons, eventually forming large, impressive clumps. The plant will develop a bright red, erect inflorescence spike with 4 to 8 purple petaled, tubular flowers. This inflorescence spike is similar to that of T. dura and T. caulescens. This species is cold sensitive, keep in mind you may need to keep it in a climate controlled environment if you have cold winters.

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.  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.