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Tillandsia - xiphioides (Fragrant) ex. NR


Description: Tillandsia xiphioides is native to Brazil, Bolivia, Uruguay, Paraguay and Argentina. It grows both saxicolously and epiphytically at elevations of 700-2,700m. A medium sized plant, growing to around 30cm with a semi-caulescent growth habit. It has stiff, succulent leaves which have a thick coating of silver trichomes on their surface. It will produce highly fragrant (lemon scented), white flowers with a serrated edge to the petals. 

We originally acquired these from Neville Ryan. 

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.