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Description: Tillandsia xerographica is often referred to as the Queen of Air Plants! This is because it is one of the most stunning and unique of all the Tillandsia Species. It is one of the larger growing species, reaching sizes of up to 60cm. The foliage is green / grey in colour due to the high number of Trichomes on it's surface. Because of this, the species in nature grows high in the tree tops of Mexico and El Salvador, enjoying high sun and good airflow. Tillandsia xerographica has an extremely long, yellow inflorescence, producing many purple, tubular flowers. This plant is a slow grower when grown from seed and can often live up to 25 years before flowering. Being a Xeric Tillandsia, we have found this species enjoys very bright and dry conditions. This species has a tendency to rot if over watered over winter. To avoid this we recommend orientating it on its side / upside down, or tipping the water out each time you water.
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.