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Tillandsia harrisii

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Tillandsia harrisii

Common Name: Air Plant

Family: Bromeliaceae

Genus: Tillandsia

Species: T. harrisii

Leaf Color: Silver and gray

Flower Color: Orange to red

Height: 4-8″

Width: 2-4″

Lifespan: Several years

Watering: Mist two or three times per week

Propagation: Seeds and pups

Natural Habitat: Guatemala

Toxicity: Non-toxic

Tillandsia harrisii Care

This air plant is one of the tougher kinds and can withstand some neglect. It’s a good choice for beginners. It grows from 4 to 8 inches tall and produces beautiful orange to red flowers.

Here are some general tips for Tillandsia harrisii care:

Watering

You’ll need to water your Tillandsia harrisii about two or three times per week. Misting works best for this plant, thanks to the trichomes (tiny, hairy scales) on its leaves that help it absorb moisture from the air.

Soil

No soil is necessary for Tillandsia harrisii care. These plants get all the nutrients they need from the air and water.

Lighting

Tillandsia harrisii care requires bright, indirect sunlight. These plants can tolerate some direct sun, but it’s best to give them some filtered light.

Temperature

Tillandsia harrisii plants prefer warm temperatures between 50 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Fertilizing

Fertilizing isn’t necessary for Tillandsia harrisii care, but you can give your plant a boost with a weak fertilizer solution about once a month.

Tillandsia harrisii Habitat

Tillandsia harrisii is a native of Guatemala. It can be found clinging to rocks and trees in its natural habitat. Tillandsia harrisii is a epiphytic plant, which means it grows on other plants or objects, rather than in soil.

Tillandsia harrisii Lifespan

Tillandsia harrisii plants can live for several years with proper care. These plants will bloom once in their lifetime, usually between the ages of two and five years old. After blooming, the plant will die. However, offsets (or pups) will form around the base of the plant. These offsets can be removed and propagated to create new plants.

Propagating Tillandsia harrisii

The best way to propagate Tillandsia harrisii is by removing the offsets (or pups) that form around the base of the plant. To do this, carefully twist or cut the offset away from the main plant. Once you’ve removed the offset, care for it as you would a normal Tillandsia harrisii plant. These offsets can take several months to develop into full-grown plants.

Tillandsia harrisii Toxicity

Tillandsia harrisii plants are not toxic to humans or animals. These plants are safe to keep around your home, even if you have pets or small children.