Tillandsia Xerographica is also known as the King of Air Plants or Xeros, they mainly come from Mexico where you can find them suspended in the tall branches of subtropical trees.
Incredibly popular and versatile, they don't even needs soil to survive! Air plants are epiphytes which means, in their natural habitat, they live on the branches of trees and absorb nutrients and water from the surrounding air.
They have silvery-green curly leaves which spiral aound the plant as it grows. When they're happy they can grow up to 3 feet wide - wow!
To keep this plant happy -
- You will only need to water (light spray) every other day during summer and every 4 to 5 days a week in winter. If the humidity is too low, mist them more often. You can also water the plants by submerging them in a bowl of water every week or two in the summer and once a month in winter. Be sure to shake the plants after watering them and allow them to dry so that no water pools between the leaves.
- Tillandsia Xerographica sees at least 10 hours of light in the wild. Although it can survive in artificial light too, a bright spot with indirect sunlight would be best.
- The ideal temperature range for the Tillandsia Xerographica plant is 16-27 °C.
- You don’t have to feed your Xerographica but a struggling plant may enjoy a liquid feed. If you want faster growth, better flowering, and more pups, you can use a general-purpose fertiliser. In winter, you can fertilize them once a month or less.
The plant is approximately 15cm wide.