If you have a green thumb, you know that air plants are wonderful companions.
They contribute a lot in making an environment peaceful with their timeless beauty. They are also great in filtering and purifying the air you breathe in. It goes without saying that due to their amazing ability to grow without soil, they are convenient and easy to maintain.
There are over 600 species of air plants, each one having its own distinct and fascinating characteristics. Tillandsia Capitata is one of these many species that develops the most gorgeous blush when it blooms.
Tillandsia Capitata is an epiphytic species of air plant that has its origin from Mexico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic. It is most usually found in deciduous and evergreen forests. It is also found attached to rocks and on elevations of about 100-2200 meters. It has thick and strong leaves that are soft in texture. It gets a beautiful mauve and peach blush during its bloom.
What Is a Tillandsia Capitata?
Tillandsia Capitata is a saxicolous air plant, which usually grows to a height of 50cm. Found on rocky outcrops and in evergreen forests, Tillandsia Capitata has thick grayish green leaves that form a rosette.
Since it grows on limestone cliffs and rocky slopes, it enjoys full sun. It grows a 2-4 inches long inflorescence, while the flowers are tubular and grows from the stem without any stalk. The flowers are about 1-2 inches long and dark purple in color.
This species of Tillandsia was first described by August Heinrich Rudolf Grisebach in 1886. The scientific name of this air plant is Tillandsia Capitata. It is also known by the name of Tillandsia Tephrophylla.
It is a species of the genus Tillandsia and belongs to the family of Bromeliaceae and sub-family of Tillandsiodeae.
The blooming of the plant starts from its long inflorescence that is usually 2-4 inches long. Tillandsia Capitata gets a vivid peach blush when it starts to bloom and its dark purple flowers grow straight from the center of the plant.
The plant grows many beautiful tubular flowers with tubular and erect petals that are 35-50mm long.
Tillandsia Capitata falls under the 10a zone of USAD hardiness, which means it can survive in temperatures up to 30 degrees Fahrenheit (-1.1 degrees Celsius).
Tillandsia Capitata Care
These air plants are low maintenance plants that need no soil. They do need enough sunlight, water and ventilation though. Tillandsia Capitata care is very important.
Here are some important factors to consider when it comes to Tillandsia Capitata care:
Each type of air plant has different watering needs that depend on the environment where they live. The three different methods of watering can be used depending on your climate.
If it is kept in a humid environment, you can opt for the misting method, but if the climate is hot and dry, soak your air plant for one or two hours.
You can mist your Tillandsia Capitata 3-7 times a week, until all the leaves are covered in water. It is important so that the trichomes are able to absorb the water.
If you have mounted your air plant, we recommend that you use the dunking method as there is a risk of damage or fungal growth on the object.
Dunk the plant 2-4 times a week for 10-15 minutes, leaving the object out of the water. For the soaking method, you can soak the plant in a water bath for 1-2 hours once a week.
Tillandsia Capitata grows on cliffs and rocky slopes and gets a good amount of sunlight.
It is important to make sure the plant dries completely after watering it to prevent rotting or fungal growth. After watering it, hold the plant upside down and shake it a bit to let the excess water that is trapped between the leaves. You can place the plant on its side on a towel in indirect sunlight or in a well-ventilated area so that it dries.
Tillandsia Capitata requires a good amount of light and enjoys full sun. To prevent burn out of leaves, avoid placing the plant directly under the sun in the afternoon. You can put the plant near a window or in mid-shade so that it gets enough amount of indirect sunlight.
The appropriate range of temperature for Tillandsia Capitata is 10 to 32 degrees Celsius. If you live in a colder region, do not leave out the plant in cold temperature, especially below 4-5 degrees Celsius. This type of air plant can withstand temperatures close to 0 degrees Celsius for a few hours if it is dry and sheltered.
Tillandsia Capitata can be fertilized once a month. Medium doses of fertilizer once or twice a month in summers and once a month in winters are recommended for this pant.
How to Identify Tillandsia Capitata
Tillandsia Capitata is the type of air plant which is easy to identify. It is a saxicolous plant, which means it can attach itself to rocks in its natural habitats and is found on rocky slopes rather than on trees.
It grows to a height of 50cm and its leaves are grayish-green in color. The leaves grow in a dense rosette and the size of the leaves is the same or bigger than the size of the inflorescence. It has multiple dark purple flowers that grow directly from the stem without any stalk.
They are also famous for their unique vivid peach blush, which appears in their bloom.
How to Display Tillandsia Capitata
Tillandsia Capitata can be displayed in many creative ways. You can mount them on an object like a rock, driftwood, seashells, etc., for display. It can also be displayed in a glass container.
Following are some of the many creative ways to display your unique air plant species:
Tillandsia Capitata can be displayed in a sealed or open glass container like a terrarium. Along with the air plant, the terrarium can be added with sand, pebbles, moss, etc., to make it more appealing. The terrarium can then be displayed in different ways in a room, suiting the creativity of the owner.
Aeriums are another type of glass containers that can be creatively used for air plant display. They can be placed on tabletops, shelves or suspended in the air for décor.
There are also different shapes and sizes of aeriums available in the market. You can also add seas shells, pebbles, moss or sand, etc., to lay a beautiful bed for the air plant.
Air plants are also well known for being very good rooters. They attach themselves to different mounting objects in the wild.
You can use a strong adhesive or a wire to attach your air plant to a mounting object. You can then choose a spot in the room to display the air plant with its mounting object. Make sure that the mounting object is not prone to rotting or fungal growth.
Despite their delicate appearance, Tillandsia Capitata is a hardy plant. They can withstand cool and semi-cold climates. It is important to take care of them and to provide them with shelter.
With regular watering and appropriate exposure to indirect sunlight, they will thrive with a beautiful peach blush during its bloom.