More than 600 varieties of Tillandsia air plants grow around the world. They are epiphytes which means they can grow on different objects and do not rely on soil for nutrients.
They absorb their nutrients and moisture from the air with their trichomes on the leaves. This is the reason why they are commonly known as air plants.
You can grow your air plants from seeds but it takes a few years for the plant to grow to a suitable size for décor. Most plant enthusiasts prefer propagating air plants through the division of pups.
Tillandsia Cyanea is one of the many species of Tillandsia flowering plants. They are perennial and have thin recurved leaves that form a stemless rosette. Native to the rainforests of Ecuador, it grows on the trees of the rainforests at an altitude of 0 to 850 meters. It is a commonly cultivated plant due to its ease of maintenance, availability, and beautifully unique flowers.
This article focuses on some important factors to consider for Tillandsia Cyanea care. Here is a complete guide for you on Tillandsia Cyanea.
What is Tillandsia Cyanea ?
Tillandsia Cyanea is a distinctly beautiful air plant that grows to a height of 50cm. It has purple-violet flowers that grow on quill shaped pink bracts. It has grayish-green long leaves that are thin, re-curved, and form a rosette.
The flowering stalk grows from the middle of the rosette of the stem-less leaves. The vibrant pink quill-like bracts are the inflorescence and tubular purple flowers with three broad petals grow on them.
Tillandsia Cyanea was first described by Jean Jules Linden & Karl Heinrich Emil Koch in 1867. The scientific name of this air plant is Tillandsia Cyanea.
It is also known by the names of Pink Quill, Platystachys Cyanea, Tillandsia Lindenii, Vriesea Lindenii, Phytarrhiza Lindenii, and Tillandsia Morreniana.
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 beautiful quill-like inflorescence that has overlapping bracts. The purple flowers grow on the pink bracts and do not last for a long time. The flowers have 3 broad petals and the bloom is usually 5cm across.
Tillandsia Cyanea falls under the 10-11 zones of USDA hardiness, which means it can survive in temperatures up to 30 degrees Fahrenheit (-1.1 degrees Celsius) and above 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4.5 degrees Celsius).
Tillandsia Cyanea Care
The low maintenance and easy Tillandsia Cyanea care make it among the most commonly cultivated air plants. With a little care, you can help this air plant thrive in an indoor habitat as well.
Some important factors to consider in Tillandsia Cyanea care are as follows:
Since air plants absorb moisture through their trichomes on their leaves. Therefore their watering needs depend on the surrounding environment you keep them in.
Although Tillandsia Cyanea does not need as much watering as a typical houseplant, it’s watering needs are a bit more than other air plants. In summers, you can water the plant once every day while in winters; water the plant once every two days.
Mist the plant with water until all the leaves are wet. If the climate is humid you can spray the plant with water 2-3 times a week. The water that would run down the leaves would be enough to soak the roots. Do not soak the base in water because it can cause rotting of the plant.
Tillandsia Cyanea is a chlorine sensitive plant so it is better to water it with rainwater or mineral water rather than using tap water. It is an epiphytic plant but it is often grown in pots.
If you are growing it in soil, keep the soil slightly moist but do not water the soil daily if you are misting the foliage regularly.
Tillandsia Cyanea has a moderate need for light but you should not keep it in direct sunlight as it can burn the leaves. You can put the plant a few feet away from a window so that it gets enough amount of indirect sunlight. The plant will survive if you keep it in dark but it will not be able to bloom.
The appropriate range of temperature for the healthy growth of Tillandsia Cyanea is 16 to 24 degrees Celsius. It is suitable for warm regions where the temperature does not drop below 13 degrees Celsius.
If you live in a cold region, do not leave the plant out. This is especially true at night when the temperature drops below 8 degrees Celsius.
This species of air plant can only survive in temperatures close to 0 degrees Celsius for a few hours. That is, of course, if kept in a dry and sheltered place.
The need for fertilizer depends on the availability of light for the plant as well as the growth of the air plant. Moderate doses of fertilizer twice or three times a month in summers and once a month in winters are enough for Tillandsia Cyanea.
How to Identify Tillandsia Cyanea
Anyone can identify Tillandsia Cyanea by its beautiful quill-like vibrant pink flowering bracts with purple flowers. It has long, narrow grayish-green leaves that form a stem-less rosette. The plant grows few tubular flowers of dark purple color. The flowers have three wide petals and last for a few days.
How to Display Tillandsia Cyanea
There are various creative ways to display Tillandsia Cyanea. The unique and gorgeous quill-like flowering bracts of this air plant makes it a good choice for house decor.
Following are some creative ways to display your Tillandsia Cyanea:
You can use sealed or open glass containers called terrariums to display air plants. You can add in pebbles, moss, seas shells, etc to enhance the beauty of the terrarium.
You can place the terrarium with the air plant anywhere in your house. Be creative and give more personality to your living space.
Another creative way to display Tillandsia Cyanea is to put it in an aerium. Aeriums are like terrariums but they allow better passage of air.
You can lay a bed of sand, pebbles or moss for the air plant in the aerium and add other accessories like seashells or rocks. You can then place the aerium on a tabletop or hang it suspended in the air with a decorative string.
Tillandsia Cyanea is often grown in pots but you can also mount them on different types of things. Attach the air plant with a strong adhesive or a wire at the base of the mounting object.
Ensure that the mounting object is not prone to rot or fungal growth. You can use different mounting objects like seashells, driftwood, trays, etc. to attach air plants on. Then display them in your living space.
Tillandsia Cyanea is a beautiful perennial plant of Tillandsia species. It requires minimal care and maintenance. By following the Tillandsia Cyanea care tips discussed above, you can help your air plant bloom and thrive in an indoor setting.