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Description: Tillandsia straminea is a spectacular, epiphytic species which is native to Ecuador and Peru. Interestingly, this is one of the species that (if grown in good, bright conditions) will become larger and larger with each following generation. The plants foliage is long, thin and streamer like, with a thick coating of fuzzy trichomes giving it it’s stunning silver appearance. This species develops a long, branched inflorescence spike which is a striking lavender / violet colour. It will then produce highly fragrant, white flowers, which have a rim of purple on the petals. The scent is suggested to be similar to that of a Cattleya Orchid, and will last for many weeks as the plant continues to produce more flowers.
Position: We do not recommend keeping this plant indoors. It requires bright light, good airflow, and infrequent watering. 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.