Although a beautiful airplant, Tillandsia Tectorum can sometimes be a challenge for novice growers who tend to kill them with kindness. This airplant really does like to be kept dry with plenty of time to dry out before waterings. A light spray every couple of weeks is normally plenty. Tetctorum is a very slow grower that has adapted to live in very dry conditions with very little nutrients therefore we recommend not feeding this variety. Providing that it’s given plenty of bright light and not overwatered, Tillandsia tectorum is a very easy plant to grow. Native to Ecuador and Peru, Tillandsia tectorum clings to cliff faces and outcrops of rock in large colonies. Popular quite simply because of it’s furry appearance, the trichomes on Tillandsia tectorum are far larger than any other species and give the plant an almost frosted appearance. If subjected to prolonged periods in a mesic environment moisture, the trichome tomentum can lay flat against the epidermis and the plant loses it’s ‘fuzzy’ appeal. Best sited in bright light slightly out of reach in a collection where it may suffer a modicum of neglect.
- Eventual (Mature) Height: 25cm
- Eventual (Mature) Width: 25cm
- Flower colour: Pink/lilac
- Watering: Very light
- Light: Bright