July Air Plant of the Month: Tillandsia tricolor v. melanocrater
This sturdy little hybrid has long, firm, triangular leaves and produces a simple spike like blossom when they bloom. They are one of the easiest to care for air plants, making them a great first air plant for the budding enthusiast or a delightfully low maintenance edition to a growing collection. Tillandsia tricolor v. melanocrater will do well in a basic terrarium on top of a nonabsorbent base such as sand, rocks, or glass or they can be mounted on wood or rock, or placed in a hanging display. Your Tillandsia tricolor v. melanocrater will need bright filtered light and warm temperatures to thrive. Water your air plant by spraying one to two times a week depending on the humidity of your home, supplementing with a spray based air plant fertilizer once a month to maintain your plant for years to come.
Tillandsia Tricolor v. melanocrater needs bright filtered 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.
Depending on the humidity of your home or office, your tillandsia tricolor v. melancocrater will need to be sprayed thoroughly once or twice a week. Remember to shake any moisture thats collect in between the leaves out and letting it dry upside-down.
Fertilize Tillandsia tricolor v. melanocrater every month with a spray fertilizer instead of one of its regular waterings to supplement the nutrients it would be gathering from the air in its natural environment
Long Term Care
With proper care, Tillandsia tricolor v. melanocrater will continue to grow and reproduce. Pups will branch off of the mother plant and can be left there to form a clump, or can be divided from the mother plant.
Tillandsia are not toxic to animals.