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Tillandsia ionantha 'Rubra'

Tillandsia ionantha 'Rubra'

The deep green leaves of this air plant take on vivid red hue when the plant is about to flower & is sustained through flowering & for a short while after.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Spring, Summer, Autumn

Harvesting

Generally not harvested.

Propagation

Division
Place the plant in a bowl of water for two or three hours to hydrate it. Gently spread the leaves of the plant to reveal the pups at its base. Separate the pups from the parent plant by gently pulling the plants apart at the base. Put the pups into the bowl of water as you separate them from the parent plant. Mist the pups each day, in the morning or early afternoon. Tillandsias are nocturnal and respire at night, which means they breathe in carbon dioxide at night. If the leaves are covered with a film of water, they cannot absorb the gas from the air.

Special features

Geography

Origin
South America
Natural climate
Sub tropical

Environment

Light
Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Air, Compost, Sand, Gravel, Bark
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Personality

Family
Bromeliaceae
Flower colour
Purples
Scent
None

Problems

Generally disease free, Slugs & snails can be a problem if placed outside in summer. They can also suffer from aphids & mealybugs.

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