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Description for Air Plant, Tillandsia caput medusae (Large)
Medusae is an adorable plant feature layers upon layers of the prettiest silvery-green leaves, and adorable round shape. Tillandsia caput-medusae is a species of flowering plant in the bromeliad family, Bromeliaceae, subfamily Tillandsioideae. Common names include octopus plant and medusae head. The thick, channeled, tapering and twisting leaves are up to 25 cm long and are covered in fine gray hairs.
The rosette of leaves arise from an inflated pseudobulb. Pups are produced after blooming, as is usual with most Tillandsia species. In a greenhouse, the plants can bloom from spring to early summer. The red inflorescences are usually unbranched or digitate. Bright violet flowers are about 3.2 cm long with the stamens.
Planting and care
You can propagate tillandsia from seed, but it takes two to four years to grow the plant to a suitable size for enjoyment. The best way to propagate tillandsia is through the division of the offsets, or pups. The time to do the task is during the morning hours or early afternoon. It thrives in warm, humid conditions but will do just fine in dry, desert-like environments with regular mistings.
You can also run them under a bit of water if they appear to be particularly dry. It thrives with indirect sunlight. All day direct sunlight will lead to the plant over-drying and the tips burning. The Tillandsia does not require any soakings, only mistings 2-3 times a week, more often in hot and dry conditions like that of in the desert. It also loves fluorescent lighting making them ideal for office environments.
Caring for Air Plant
- Spray water once a week and keep away from direct sunlight.
- Place your air plants near a window.
- Air plants prefer warm temperatures around 15 to 30 degree Celsius.
- Provide Ample Air Circulation.
- Providing artificial lighting is helpful if your plants lack a bright corner, in the house.
Typical uses of Air Plant
Special features: Air plants are hardy, vibrant and incredible which can survive without soil and very less water.
Ornamental use: This mesmerizing air plants will be an excellent piece you can keep to increase the beauty of your home, office, etc.
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