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Tillandsia xerographica (King of air plants)

Intermediate
skill rating
2 hours care
per year
0.9m
Max height
0.9m
Max spread
5-10 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Tillandsia xerographica

Other names

King of air plants

Genus

Tillandsia Tillandsia

Species

T. xerographica - T. xerographica is a tender, stemless, epiphytic, evergreen perennial with rosettes of stiff, recurved, narrowly triangular, silvery-grey to grey-green leaves and, in spring, spikes of tubular, reddish-purple flowers with large, yellow-green floral bracts and red leaf bracts.


Tillandsia xerographica is: Evergreen

Habit

Compact, Rosette

Flower

Yellow-green, Reddish-purple in Spring; Reddish-purple, Yellow-green in Summer

Foliage

Silvery-grey, Grey-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Glasshouse red spider mite , Red spider mite (box and other) Aphids , Glasshouse red spider mite , Red spider mite (box and other)

Diseases

Generally disease free.

General care

Pruning

No pruning required.

Propagation

Detach offsets in spring and attach to bark slabs. Sow seed at 27C in spring on to bundles of conifer twigs or sphagnum moss. Mist seeds and offsets daily.

Propagation methods

Offsets, Seed


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Where to grow

Tillandsia xerographica (King of air plants) will reach a height of 0.9m and a spread of 0.9m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Conservatory, Containers, Low Maintenance, Sub-Tropical

Cultivation

Under glass, grow epiphytically by gluing or wiring to a support. Place in bright, indirect light with moderate to high humidity and good ventilation. From spring to autumn, mist daily and immerse in rainwater twice a week, drain well, and allow to dry. Feed with a quarter-strength, low-nitrogen, liquid fertiliser monthly. Outdoors, grow in a tree in moist, partial shade.

Light

Partial Shade

Aspect

East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor heated (H1), Tender in frost (H3)

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Botanical name

Tillandsia xerographica

Other names

King of air plants

Genus

Tillandsia Tillandsia

Species

T. xerographica - T. xerographica is a tender, stemless, epiphytic, evergreen perennial with rosettes of stiff, recurved, narrowly triangular, silvery-grey to grey-green leaves and, in spring, spikes of tubular, reddish-purple flowers with large, yellow-green floral bracts and red leaf bracts.

Native to

Central America

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Compact, Rosette


Colour

Flower

Yellow-green, Reddish-purple in Spring; Reddish-purple, Yellow-green in Summer

Foliage

Silvery-grey, Grey-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Glasshouse red spider mite , Red spider mite (box and other)

Diseases

Generally disease free.

General care

Pruning

No pruning required.

Propagation

Detach offsets in spring and attach to bark slabs. Sow seed at 27C in spring on to bundles of conifer twigs or sphagnum moss. Mist seeds and offsets daily.

Propagation methods

Offsets, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Tillandsia xerographica (King of air plants) will reach a height of 0.9m and a spread of 0.9m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Conservatory, Containers, Low Maintenance, Sub-Tropical

Cultivation

Under glass, grow epiphytically by gluing or wiring to a support. Place in bright, indirect light with moderate to high humidity and good ventilation. From spring to autumn, mist daily and immerse in rainwater twice a week, drain well, and allow to dry. Feed with a quarter-strength, low-nitrogen, liquid fertiliser monthly. Outdoors, grow in a tree in moist, partial shade.

Light

Partial Shade

Aspect

East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor heated (H1), Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 11, Zone 10, Zone 9

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