An adorable houseplant in the air-plant family! Blooms deep purple flowers from the quill.
Common Names: Pink Quill, Blue Flowered Torch
Growth: Epiphytic, clumping
Light: Bright, indirect
Foot Candles: 75 - 200
Water: Mist with rainwater or filtered tap water 2-5 times per week
Humidity: 50% - 90%
Temperature: 16°C - 28°C
Soil: orchid mix
Container: Planter with drainage or mounted as an epiphyte
Nutrients: 10-10-2 Foliar spray monthly
Propagation: Seed or removal of offsets
Interiorscape Use: Living walls, employee personal plant
Common Pests: Mealybugs, Aphids, Spider Mites, Scale, Thrips.
Common Issues: Soft water contains too much salt and some tap water contains chlorine and fluoride that can leave water spots on foliage. Dry air will cause brown tips on the leaves. Increase humidity to prevent. Mother plant will flower only once.
Comments: One of the most unique and fun to watch air plants. A mature plant will form a clump that will get covered in the pink quill flowers but the store bought plants will typically only flower once in household conditions. Originally was placed in the Tillandsia genus but has since moved out due to difference in plant DNA.