Tillandsia xerographica, or xeric air plants, are an arid member of the bromeliad family. These epiphytes dwell in treetops where they receive lots of dappled sunlight, misty rain and fog, and nutrient-rich plant debris. Tiny hairs called trichomes cover their silvery surfaces and differentiate them from tropical mesic air plants.
Dry forests of Central America
Bright indirect light throughout the day with a couple hours of direct sunlight is ideal
Water these plants by filling a bowl with water and submerging them for about 10 minutes once every week-and-a-half to two weeks. After 10 minutes, remove the plant and, holding it by the base, shake it to remove excess droplets.
As the mother plant grows, keep an eye out for pups appearing at the plant’s base. Allow these plants to establish themselves, then snip off the pups. Fertilize: Fertilization isn’t necessary, but a dash of bromeliad fertilizer to the soaking bath can be applied during waterings in summer to increase growth.
Approx. 10” wide and 8” long. Every plant will vary in size, color and shape.
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