February Air Plant – Tilland Schiedeana
With it’s thin spikey leaves that grow out sideways from the center Schiedeana is a funky and fun edition to your air plant collection. Native to the semi-arid parts of South America, Schiedeana can be found growing on the sides of cacti or bushes on steep dry slopes. Like all air plants, Schiedeana don’t absorb nutrients from soil, instead their roots are for attaching purposes and don’t soak up nutrients. Keep your Schiedeana happy by spraying it once a week and fertilizing every few months. Schiedeana prefer warm environments and will be healthiest if kept inside.
Schiedeana need bright filtered light. They can be placed near most windows, but be aware North facing windows might not get enough light. You can also use a grow light to supplement, but be conscious of light placement and keep light indirect. We recommend these if you need a grow light bulb.
Be sure to mist your Schiedeana once a week at least depending on the humidity of your home. Dry your air plants upside down after spraying to ensure that water doesn’t collect in between the leaves. They can be placed on Sea glass, pebbles, bark chips, or other materials that don’t absorb a lot of water.
Your air plant can be fertilized weekly to supplement the nutrients it would be gathering from the air in it’s natural environment.
Long Term Care
Schiedeana will die after blooming, but before they do they will produce pups or offshoots that will mirror the parent plant. They can be left to mature on whatever mount you have placed the parent plant, or you can break them off and put them elsewhere.
Schiedeana are not toxic to animals