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Tillandsia - Fantasy NEW


Description: Tillandsia Fantasy was an accidental hybrid (possibly by a hummingbird), of it's parent plant T. Balbisiana and most likely T. Pseudobaileyi. This plant was found amongst a bunch of T. Balbisiana seedlings ex. Franz Gruber, which was imported to Tropilora Nursery in Florida. It tends heavily towards the parent plant T. Balbisiana, although the foliage is semi-terete (round one one side but flat on the other), and has striping similar to that of T. Pseudobaileyi. This plant is another of the pseudo-bulbous Tillandsia varieties, it's foliage is light silver-green, long, succulent, and spidery in appearance. It will develop a long, branched inflorescence, with purple, tubular flowers.

Position: 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. 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.