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Tillandsia - Oeseriana ex. OM


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Description: Tillandsia Oeseriana is a hybrid of T. flabellata and T. tricolor. This hybrid was created by Walter Richter of Saxomy, Germany. Mr Richter named the hybrid in honor of avid Tillandsia collector, Dr Richard Oeser. This quite an interesting and aesthetically pleasing plant, showing almost equal attributes from both parent plants. The species has a similar growth habit to that of T. tricolor, however it does not have the same "tri-colour" leaves. T. Oeseriana has dark foliage which ranges in colour from dark green to burgundy. The plant develops a long, many branched inflorescence spike which is red & yellow in colour, producing purple, tubular flowers. We find this species grows well if planted in a small pot of well draining potting mix.

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.