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King of air plants

Tillandsia xerographica

Air plant

Tillandsia xerographica is a slow-growing, xerophytic epiphyte. Because of its full and striking shape, it is a favourite among florists and designers in tablescapes, floral arrangements, and even wedding bouquets. Their impressive size and spherical shape have even inspired brides to use them on their own as a simple, modern alternative to a full bouquet. It typically grows to around 90cm tall and wide, producing light green to silver-grey, linear foliage which curves backwards. Flowers are arranged on spikes, these are approximately 40cm tall and the flowers are tubular and coloured red-purple. These are surrounded by modified leaves known as bracts, they are coloured green in this species.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Summer, Spring

Harvesting

Not harvested

Propagation

Division
Pups can be removed from the mother plant when they reach about 1/3 of the size of the mother plant.

Special features

Pot plant
Grows in the air! Use wire basket to grow from.
Indoor plant
Can be grown indoors, but special care needs to be taken with light and water requirements.

Geography

Origin
Central America, southern Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras
Natural climate
Coastal

Environment

Light
Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Sand, Loam, Air
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Personality

Family
Bromeliaceae
Flower colour
Red and purple, Purples, Red
Scent
Mild

Problems

Generally problem free

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