With so many different species available, it is always exciting to learn about air plants. These plants are epiphytes that don’t need soil for support and absorbing nutrients. The easy maintenance and gorgeous bloom of different types of air plants make them an ideal choice as a house plant for décor.
Tillandsia Fasciculata is one of the many beautiful species of air plants. It grows in dense clusters usually on the trunk of trees in rainforests. You can also grow them inside if you provide appropriate care and adequate watering.
Read this article to learn important factors about Tillandsia Fasciculata care and maintenance:
Tillandsia Fasciculata is a giant air plant. It is a large species that is native to Central and Southern America, Mexico, and West Indies. It usually grows in dense clusters at an altitude of 0-1800 meters in sunny or shaded areas. Like other air plants they are not parasites for the host tree. They use it for support while absorbing nutrients and moisture from the air.
What is Tillandsia Fasciculata?
Tillandsia Fasciculata is an epiphyte flowering air plant. It is native to Central America but lately, it is becoming subject to local extinction. You can thank the Mexican bromeliad weevil which is an invasive species.
It is a medium-large sized air plant that blooms from 10-50 floral bracts. This type of air plant can flower and fruit any time of the year but they usually bloom before the dry and rainy seasons i.e. in January and July.
Olof Swartz described this species of Tillandsia Fasciculata in 1788. The scientific name of this air plant is Tillandsia Fasciculata. It is also known by the names of Giant air plant, Cardinal air plant, Clustered Wild Pine, Tillandsia Eminens, etc.
It is a species of the genus Tillandsia and belongs to the family of Bromeliaceae.
Tillandsia Fasciculata has a very distinct and gorgeous bloom spike which lasts longer than most air plants bloom phases. It blooms from 10-50 floral bracts of yellow and reddish-orange colors.
The petals of the flowers are violet or sometimes white. The plain and ordinary flowers grow in the axils of the floral bracts and it can flower any time of the year especially during spring or early summer.
Tillandsia Fasciculata falls under the 9b to 11b zones of USDA hardiness, which means it can survive in temperatures from 25 degrees Fahrenheit (-3.9 degrees Celsius) to 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius).
Tillandsia Fasciculata Care
One of the most important things in air plant care is to learn about your plant’s natural habitat. This can help you understand the primary needs of this air plant.
Here are some important factors to consider in Tillandsia Fasciculata care:
Tillandsia Fasciculata can survive in very dry climates for a short time. To ensure their healthy growth, you should water them daily in the hot and dry season and every 2-3 days in the cold season. The watering needs of the air plant will depend on the climate of the region you keep them in.
Tillandsia experts recommend the dunking and misting method of watering. Regardless of the method, it is important to dry the plant completely in 4 hours or less before putting it back into its display.
Hold it upside down and shake it to let the excess water to flow out. You can also place it on a towel and let it dry or keep it in indirect sunlight for drying.
Tillandsia Fasciculata loves light but avoid keeping it in direct sunlight. Overexposure can cause burning and browning of its leaves. It is best to provide it with an artificial light of 17000-25000 lx. You can place the plant near a window or an alcove to provide it with some shaded light.
The appropriate range of temperature for Tillandsia Fasciculata is 50-90 degrees Fahrenheit. You can place this air plant outside in the night time if the temperature does not drop below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. In winter, avoid keeping them outside in low temperatures.
You can maintain the healthy growth of an air plant by providing them with the appropriate amount of fertilizer. You should provide Tillandsia Fasciculata with moderate doses of Bromeliad fertilizer (17-8-22).
Feed the plant fertilizer twice a month in summer and once a month in winter. It needs a fertilizer that can be absorbed into the plant via its leaves.
How to Identify Tillandsia Fasciculata
Tillandsia Fasciculata is moderately large in size and grows in dense clusters. The unique yellow and reddish-brown inflorescence has 10-50 floral bracts. It is easy to identify among other types of air plants.
The axils of the bracts have ordinary violet or sometimes white flowers. This air plant can bloom any time of the year but spring or early summer is the appropriate season for blooming.
How to Display Tillandsia Fasciculata
Gardening enthusiasts have discovered lots creative ways to display their air plants inside. Here are some creative ways to display your Tillandsia Fasciculata indoors:
Terrariums are a very beautiful way of displaying Tillandsia Fasciculata. It is a glass container usually sealed or with an opening that you can use for plant display. You can add rocks, pebbles, seashells or other decorative objects inside the terrarium with your air plant.
Like terrariums, aeriums are also glass containers used for plant display. You can lay a bed of sand, rocks, pebbles or moss to keep your air plant on. You can display the aerium with your Tillandsia Fasciculata on a tabletop or anywhere in the room. You can also hang it suspended into the air with a decorative string.
Mounting your air plant is also an option for creative display. You can mount Tillandsia Fasciculata on a solid substrate like a rock, driftwood, seashell or another showpiece.
It is important to ensure that the mounting object is not susceptible to rot as it can harm your air plant. Either stick the roots of the air plant with a strong adhesive to the base of the mounting object or wire the plant with the base. Do not cover the base of the object with rock or moss as it can also cause rotting.
Tillandsia Fasciculata is unique and easy to maintain air plant. You will love adding a blooming Tillandsia Fasciculata inside your house. With just a minimal amount of care you can help it thrive with health and beauty.