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Tillandsia juncea

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Tillandsia juncea

Common Name: Air Plant

Family: Bromeliaceae

Genus: Tillandsia

Species: T. juncea

Leaf Color: Thin evergreen

Flower Color: Purple and red

Height: 8-12″

Width: 3-4″

Lifespan: Several years

Watering: Submerge 20-30 minutes – once a week

Propagation: Seeds and pups

Natural Habitat: Central America, South America, Mexico, West Indies

Toxicity: Non-toxic

Tillandsia juncea Care

Tillandsia juncea, or more commonly known as the needle leaf air plant, is a beautiful type of air plant that is native to South America. The leaves of this plant are long and slender, giving it a grass-like appearance. Tillandsia juncea is a fast grower and can reach up to 12 inches in height.

Should you decide to purchase a Tillandsia juncea, you will need to provide it with proper care in order to ensure that it thrives. Here are a few care tips to keep in mind:

Watering

This plant should be watered about once a week, or whenever the leaves start to look dry. To water, simply mist the plant with a spray bottle or submerge it in water for a few minutes. Be sure to allow the plant to fully dry before placing it back in its container.

Soil

Tillandsia juncea does not require any soil and can simply be mounted on a piece of driftwood, hung from a string, or placed in a terrarium.

Lighting

This plant prefers bright, indirect sunlight. If you live in a particularly sunny climate, you may need to provide some shade for your Tillandsia juncea during the hottest hours of the day.

Temperature

Tillandsia juncea is quite tolerant of different temperature ranges, but prefers temperatures that stay between 60 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

Fertilizing

Fertilize your Tillandsia juncea about once a month using a water-soluble fertilizer. Be sure to dilute the fertilizer to half the recommended strength before applying it to your plant.

With proper care, Tillandsia juncea can be a beautiful and long-lasting addition to your home.

Tillandsia juncea Habitat

Tillandsia juncea is native to South America, Central America, Mexico, and the West Indies. This plant grows in a variety of habitats, including forests, grasslands, and rocky areas.

Tillandsia juncea Lifespan

The lifespan of Tillandsia juncea is not known for certain, but it is thought to be a relatively short-lived plant. In the wild, this plant typically only lives for a few years, but with proper care, it can survive for much longer.

Propagating Tillandsia juncea

Tillandsia juncea can be propagated by seed, offsets, or division.

Tillandsia juncea Toxicity

This plant is not known to be toxic to humans or animals. However, as with all plants, it is best to keep it out of reach of children and pets just to be safe.