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Air Plant

Tillandsia duratii

Also known as

Airplant

Full Shade
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Tender

11a-11b

USDA zone

4°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

1m

10cm

Min

10cm

5 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

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20101107 Tillandsia duratii

Overview

Tillandsia duratii grows as an epiphyte on trees, shrubs and cacti, and occasionally as a lithophyte on rocks, both sun or shade primarily in the drier areas. It doesn't require soil substrate and instead grows in the air, hence the common name air plant. Typically reaches 60-100cm tall, producing light green to white, linear foliage arranged in a rosette. Leaves are covered in a dense coating of grey hairs. Place in a well-ventilated space, nice display options include mounting on wood or securing with twine in a hanging display. This plant thrives under a wide range of light, water, and temperature conditions. Flowers are funnel-shaped and small, coloured purple, white or cream and possess a strong scent. They have 3 spreading petals and are surrounded by modified leaves known as bracts.

Common problems

Generally problem free.

    Harvesting

    Not harvested

    Propagation

    Division

    Remove pups when at least a third of mother plant's size.

    Special Features

    Indoor plant

    Can be grown indoors, but special care needs to be taken with light and water requirements.

    Pot plant

    Needs an airy medium.