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Description: Tillandsia Marconae PB313 was sourced from Pam Butler, who originally sourced the plant from John Olson. It is native to Peru, where it grows as a terrestrial species on the desert shores. There seems to be two forms of the species in Australia, this more clumping form, which is shy to flower, and newer (more recently imported) form, which is more prolific when it comes to flowering. This species is a small grower, with a caulescent growth habit, and silver / green, triangular leaves. We have never flowered this species, however they will produce a small, sword shaped inflorescence, with purple, fragrant flowers.
Position: We do not recommend keeping this plant indoors. It requires bright light, good airflow, and infrequent waterings. 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.
Each living plant is unique and may vary slightly in size, colour or shape depending on the season. Flowering plants are sent when available.