Tillandsia Usneoides (Spanish Moss) - Air Plant

SKU: MYBG-ARPL-TILL-USDE
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Rs.399

Fragrance

Fragrant

Flowering Season

Winter

Use

Hanging

Maintenance

Medium

Size

Medium

Water Requirement

Once a Week

With Pots

No

Sunlight Requirement

Indoor Filtered Light,Outdoor Shade

Genus

Tillandsia

Use

Hanging,Indoor,Living Room

Product Description

Spanish moss is a slender epiphytic perennial, which hangs in festoons up to 30 m long.

Spanish Moss

Family

Bromeliaceae

Origin

Mexico

Description

Spanish moss is a slender epiphytic perennial, which hangs in festoons up to 30 m long. However, the apparent length of the plants is due to numerous shorter individual plants, usually 15 to 25 cm long, which overlap each other. Only about 45 cm of a 3 m strand may actually be alive. The plant grows in a zigzagging pattern, and tangles around itself and its support. The leaves are small (up to 4.5 cm long) and narrow (up to 0.2 cm wide), linear, often twisted and contorted and densely covered with a thick layer of trichomes (scales), which gives it a silvery-grey appearance. The leaves are bright green when wet.
It flowers in the summer, often abundantly, although the tiny, pale yellow-green to blue, solitary flowers are inconspicuous. The flowers last about four days and have a pleasant, subtle fragrance, which attracts a variety of insect pollinators.

Environment

Spanish moss possesses striking adaptations to its environment. The entire surface of the shoot is covered with highly specialised trichomes (scales) which absorb water and nutrients from the atmosphere; they also reduce transpiration and reflect strong light. Tillandsia usneoides prefers moist habitats and is often abundant near rivers, ponds and lakes. During long periods of drought it becomes dormant. It can survive two months without rainfall but will die within three to four months of drought.

 

Landscape Uses

The plant is often grown as an ornamental plant in tropical areas.

 

Air plants are unique - they Don't need soil, absorbing water and nutrients through scales on their leaves. Although caring for air plants is really easy, but if not done right it can quickly lead to the plant drying up.

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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