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Air Plant

Tillandsia Xerographica, known as the “King of Air Plants”, can grow over 90 cm in size. The leaves spiral around the plant as it grows. As a result, you get a striking, almost spherical plant which makes for a stunning décor that’s very easy to care for. Tillandsia Xerographica is an ultra-low maintenance and is one of the most popular options in modern-day gardening.

 
General Care

Light:
Tillandsia xerographica needs a very bright position and a long enough photoperiod, with 10 hours of light a day at a minimum. Beware of direct sunlight, especially in hot weather, because its leaves will burn very easily.

Water:
Water plants either by spraying once every 3 to 4 days. You can also water the plants by submerging them in a bowl of water every week or two in the summer and once a month in winter. Be sure to shake the plants after watering them and allow them to dry so that no water pools between the leaves.

Temperature:
The ideal temperature range for the Tillandsia Xerographica plant is 16-27 °C.

Humidity:
The air humidity must be at least close to 60%. If the humidity is too low, mist them more often. If the air is drier, watering must be more abundant to compensate for the lack of moisture in the air.

Feed:
This plant needs a fertilizer that can be absorbed directly in to the plant via the leaves once a month is recommended.

Grow Medium:
Tillandsia xerographica doesn’t need soil. It obtains its moisture through the leaves instead of a root system.
Tillandsia xerographica prefer to be mounted on a solid substrate that does not retain water. You can glue the plant directly to the surface with a strong adhesive, or you can wire the plant to the base. Don’t cover the base of the plant with moss or it may rot. It can be grown on almost any imaginable decorative mount, including shells, rocks, slate, driftwood, etc. Group them in decorative clumps for maximum effect.

Common Problems
Mealybugs – look in the areas where your stems and leaves meet. If you find your plants have yellowish leaves and they begin to fall off, check for these insects.
It may take several treatments of organic pesticide to control the population.
Scale Insects may cause tiny bumps on the bottom of your leaves and can cause leaf yellowing and eventually the leaves will fall from the plant. It may take several treatments of organic pesticide to control the population.
Rosette rot – avoid accumulation of water on plants after watering as it may cause rosette rot.

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