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Tillandsia xerographica - King Air Plant

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Tillandsia xerographica                      

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Common Names: King Air Plant, Giant Air Plant

Family: Bromeliaceae

Origin: Mexico to South America

Growth: Epiphytic, clumping

Light: Bright, indirect

Foot Candles: 50-150

Water: Soak once per week

Humidity: 50%+

Temperature: 13°C - 30°C

Soil: Not required

Container: Mounted to corkbark

Nutrients: Not required. 

Propagation: Seed or removal of offsets

Interiorscape Use: Desktop, hanging, mounted to indoor trees

Common Pests: Mealybugs, Aphids, Spider Mites, Scale, Thrips.

Common Issues: Easily forgotten and dries up or over-watered resulting in rot.

Comments: This exotic plant requires very little to survive. However, to thrive and reach sizes similar to its native habitat the plant needs very specific conditions that are not able to be met in typical indoor environments. When getting ready to flower, the plant will turn a blushing pink/red and push out a purple flower. Popular as low-maintenance terrarium plants and are even used in jewellery.

Toxicity: Safe.