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Tillandsia - Espinosae


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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. 

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.