Tillandsia Cyanea - 4"
Pink quill plants do best when positioned in a sunny spot. This will prolong the flowering period and keep the plant happy and healthy. However, too much direct and intense afternoon sunlight can burn the foliage, and too little will mean they won't bloom.
Most enthusiasts recommend an east or west-facing window position.
Although Tillandsia cyanea can be grown as air plants, what makes them unique is their ability also to be grown in containers. Their rooting system is small and fragile, so care should be taken when potting them, and the pots don't need to be large.
Whatever potting medium you use, it should be particularly well-draining. Spongy and porous orchard bark, or peat moss and leaf mold mixes are popular choices. There are even mixtures available especially for Bromeliad species.
Although pink quills don't need as much water as the average houseplant, they do tend to need more than most Tillandsia species.
If they're potted up, depending on the time of year and how dry the conditions are, they could need watering anywhere from every two weeks to every couple of months.
Although some enthusiasts recommend deep watering and then removing any excess water that has drained through, most agree that more regular misting is the best option. Soggy rots are one thing that will cause major problems for this plant, and this can be a problem when watering at the base.
In the warmer seasons, gentle misting every week, allowing the runoff to wet the roots, may be needed. Always allow the potting medium to dry out before rewatering and, if in doubt, underwatering rather than overwatering is the more sensible option. During the colder months, watering should be infrequent.
The Tillandsia cyanea is chlorine sensitive, so rainwater or filtered tap water is the preferred choice.
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