Air plants/ sky plants - Thillandsia streptophylla
The Tillandsia streptophylla is known as Shirley Temple for its curly mane of leaves. The name "streptophylla" means "with twisted leaves," and this unique and curly species is considered to be a xeric Tillandsia, meaning it thrives in drier conditions. When the leaves are more dehydrated, they curl up into tight ringlets. This beauty grows a gorgeous, pink inflorescence that is frosted with trichome.
Air plants/sky plant - Tillandsia streptophylla
About the Tillandsia streptophylla air plant:
Tillandsia streptophylla is native to Mexico ,Central America and the West Indies.
The plant possesses undeveloped roots and abundance of trichomes in the leaves which helps the plants to absorb humidity from the surrounding. They are epiphytes that grow without soil.
Light requirement and water requirements:
They require partial light and very little water everyday for growth.
Tillandsia needs partial light and should be prevented from direct bright sunlight. Exposure to full sun will cause burning of leaves .
How to grow a Tillandsia air plant?
They can be propagated through pups produced by mother plants . Do not separate the pups from the mother plant too soon otherwise they will die .
They bloom once in a lifetime and then die .
Before blooming the inflorescence turns to pink color.
Do not keep them in A.C rooms because this temperature will affect the plant.
Ventilated rooms are good for growth or Tillandsia streptophylla.
Fertilizers are not required for this plant .
Tillandsia plants can be displayed :
They can be hung on walls and doors and are wonderful display plants .
They can be kept near the window ,near the wifi router, laptop, or on the table top.
They can be kept in the bathroom where an abundance of humidity is present.
Note: Forms will vary from tightly curled to open.