Central America and Mexico
Featuring wide, thick, strong leaves that are an incredible and vibrant green, the Tillandsia Brachycaulos resembles the top to a pineapple! It will produce many layers of strong leaves that transitions as it grows. It will also develop luscious red and pink hues when the plant blooms.
The flowers themselves are a beautiful purple with slight yellow coloring. It is also one of the few varieties of Air Plants that can manage the strong rays of the sun, and develop new colors when exposed to direct, natural light.
In its native habitat, this species is pollinated by hummingbirds. Locally, it is visited by sunbirds.
It likes warmer, humid conditions but will do just fine in a dryer environment with regular misting. Do not allow water to collect in the leaf bases as this will cause the plants to rot. Soak the plant for around 30 min in water every week .
Good ventilation is a must. Feed with dilute liquid fertilizer fortnightly.
Ornamental plants which are great for attracting birds.
Air plants need regular sprinkling of water on their leaves. However once a week, air plants need to be submerged in water. Take a big enough container and fully submerge your air plant for 3-4 hours. Once soaked, you need to dry them off completely! Hence shake them and put them on a soft towel. Place them under a bright spot for 2-3 hours so that there is no excess water on it. Make sure to dry them or air plants get a root rot very quickly.
Bright filtered or indirect light is ideal for air plants. Morning sun is healthy for the plants, however afternoon sun can quickly burn the leaves. Use a fertiliser once a month in the water when you soak the air plants to keep it healthy.
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