This amazing air plant is easy to care for. Part of the bromeliad family this small epiphyte originates from the American jungles where it grows on trees. It has a compact rosette of bristle-covered silvery grey leaves, which turn bright red for 4-6 weeks when it comes into flower.
It takes moisture and nutrients from the air so needs a humid environment to thrive, so a bright bathroom or steamy kitchen would be ideal.
Simply hang it near a window and to water it my preference is to remove it from the hoop and dunk it in a bowl of water for 20-30 minutes. In winter about every 3 weeks. Spring/summer-weekly. Rainwater is best at room temperature or pond water. You could use bottled spring water. Avoid distilled or filtered water. Then give it a gentle shake to remove any excess as they dislike overwatering and hang up to dry. Alternatively you could spray the air plant thoroughly until water drips from the leaves.
The bright pink colour occurs because this plant has flowered. The colour will fade to a paler pink and it will go on to produce 'pups'. Each pup can be removed from the mother once it reaches at least a 1/3 of the size of the mother. It can then be gently twisted off and be cared for in the same way. The mother plant will eventually die off but you will have one or two young plants to replace it and the cycle will continue.
Plant height: Approx. 8cms. Hoop dimensions 10cms.
Can be posted for £3.85.
Tillandsia Ionantha Rubra 'Air plant' hoop hanging
Can be posted 1st class small parcel £3.85 or signed for for £4.85.
I offer free delivery within Hexham and there is a small charge of no more than £4 for Tyne Valley, Newcastle, Northumberland, North & South Tyneside down to Peterlee area.
You can also arrange to collect your plant.
If for any reason you are dissatisfied with your plant, please get in touch.