Central America and Mexico
Tricolor air plant features sturdy, bright green leaves that grow vertically and outward from its bulbous, often brown-colored base. These leaves are waxy in texture and wide at the base, gradually narrowing into points at the ends. When in bloom, a Tricolor air plant s leaves will blush with gorgeous and bright hues of pink and purple, and a red and/or yellow bloom will appear and extend beyond the leaves.
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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