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Tillandsia - vanhyningii ex. CC


Description: Tillandsia vanhyningii was upgraded to species status in 2022. It was first described as a variety of T. ionantha by Mulford Foster in 1957. It was discovered growing on the steep limestone cliffs of Sumidero Canyon in Chiapas Mexico. At first M. Foster was sure it was a new species, however after growing and observing the plant it was surmised that it had the same composition as other T. ionantha varieties. In 2021 a paper was released by Carlos Beutelspacher and Roberto Garcia-Martinez, where they argued that the plant should be elevated to species status due to its caulescent growth habit not seen in other T. ionantha varieties. The name of this species gives reference to the Van Hynings, who were long time Tillandsia collectors. It's foliage is short, succulent and green / grey with a dense layer of Trichomes on it's surface. It has a caulescent growth habit, and will produce tubular flowers which rise from the foliage and are a deep purple in colour. This species is very cold sensitive, and should be kept in a climate controlled area if you have cold winters. This species will flower in April (Autumn). 

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.