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Care of the plant Tillandsia fasciculata or Giant airplant.

Care of the indoor plant Tillandsia fasciculata or Giant airplant

The genus Tillandsia, family Bromeliaceae, includes 600 species of epiphytic plants native to the American continent. Some species are: Tillandsia fasciculata, Tillandsia imperialisTillandsia cyanea, Tillandsia aeranthos, Tillandsia usneoides, Tillandsia australis, Tillandsia dyeriana, Tillandsia geminiflora.

Common names: Giant airplant, Common Wild Pine, Stiff-Leaved Wild Pine, Cardinal airplant. This species is distributed throughout the Caribbean, Mexico, Florida, Central America, Colombia and Brazil.

They are epiphytic bromeliads with rosette leaves that reach 50 cm (19.6") in diameter. The leathery, linear leaves are silvery gray. It produces flower spikes up to 30 cm (11.8") tall with red and yellow bracts and tubular purple flowers. They bloom in summer.

They are used as indoor and greenhouse plants and outdoors on walls or in trees protected from the cold.

Tillandsia fasciculata grows in full sun and semi-shade exposures. They resist frost down to -3 ºC (26.6 ºF) if the environment is dry.

These epiphytic plants can grow in cracks in walls or hanging on tree trunks with a bit of moss. They can be grown in hanging pots with some well-drained peat moss.

Water moderately with water without lime, waiting for the substrate to dry. They resist drought well.

They do not need fertilizer or pruning.

They are plants resistant to the usual pests and diseases.

They propagate by separation of suckers in any season of the year.

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Tillandsia fasciculata
Tillandsia fasciculata