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*The plant pictured is not necessarily the plant you will receive, but will be same size and shape*
Common Name: Air Plant
Scientific Name: Tillandsia sp.
-Care Recommendations By The Dude-
Best for These Animals:
Bio Dude Substrates: TerraFlora, TerraFauna, Some TerraFirma & TerraAranea
Soil Depth: *Should not be planted in substrate but grown epiphytically*
Lighting: Most Light Levels Suitable-- Higher Light may cause the leaves to blush red in some species. Low Light will inhibit flowering
Humidity & Misting: 40%-100% *Higher humidity preferred but can tolerate low humidity / *Must be misted AT LEAST once a week to provide proper hydration* *Air Circulation is crucial to prevent rot*
Mature Plant Size & Root System: Tillandsia are a type of bromeliad and are completely epiphytic, meaning they gather all of their moisture and nutrients from the environment rather than the substrate. The slight fuzz or bumps on the leaves are called Trichomes, and are the specialized plant organ that allows the Tillandsia to function this way! Tillandsia once mature will produce an inflorescence bearing multiple small flowers, but after flowering the tillandsia will slowly die. During this process the Tillandsia may develop "pups" or offshoots from the base of the plant which will grow to mature size. It is best to leave pups attached until they are mature, or until the mother plant has died away. / Insignificant fibrous root system used for anchorage rather than water absorption.
Temperature Tolerance & Placement in the Terrarium: High temperature tolerant / Mounted (in high humidity environments)
Edible & Side Effects if Ingested: Non-Toxic if consumed though these are typically used for ornamental not edible purposes
Pot Size & Packaging: A Single Bromeliad Tillandsia Plant / Plant is Shipped bare-root wrapped in newspaper