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Tillandsia crocata

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Tillandsia crocata

Common Name: Air Plant

Family: Bromeliaceae

Genus: Tillandsia

Species: T. crocata

Leaf Color: Gray, green, or white

Flower Color: Yellow

Height: 4-6″

Width: 6-7″

Lifespan: Several years

Watering: Submerge 10 minutes – once or twice a week

Propagation: Seeds and pups

Natural Habitat: Northern South America

Toxicity: Non-toxic

Tillandsia crocata Care

Part of the reason Tillandsia crocata is so popular is because it’s very easy to take care of. These plants are not fussy and will do just fine with neglect. In fact, over-watering is one of the main ways people kill their Tillandsias.

Whether it’s for a home office, a dorm room, etc., Tillandsia crocata grows to only be about 4-6 inches tall, making it the perfect plant for small spaces.

When caring for the Tillandsia crocata, keep the following in mind:

Watering

Submerge the plant in water for 10 minutes – once or twice a week. The trichomes on the leaves will help the plant absorb water.

Lighting

Tillandsias are epiphytes, which means they grow on other plants in nature. In their natural habitat, they would receive filtered sunlight.

Temperature

A steady, yet warm temperature is best for Tillandsias. They do not like sudden changes in temperature or drafts.

Flowering

While small, the Tillandsia crocata produces a yellow flower. Once the plant blooms, it will die. However, pups (offspring) will grow from the base of the plant and can be propagated.

Tillandsia crocata Habitat

Tillandsia crocata is native to northern South America. This particular species of air plant prefers to grow in trees and on rocks.

Tillandsia crocata Lifespan

With proper care, Tillandsia crocata can live several years.

Propagating Tillandsia crocata

As mentioned previously, once Tillandsia crocata blooms, it will die. However, pups (offspring) will grow from the base of the plant and can be propagated.

To propagate, carefully remove the pups from the mother plant. Care for the pups as you would the mother plant and soon you will have a whole new generation of Tillandsia crocata!

Tillandsia crocata Toxicity

These plants are non-toxic and safe for pets and humans.