Pink Quill Bromeliad orTillandsia cyanea, is an eye-catching, tropical plant with its bright pink flowering bract!
Size: This plant is in a 4'' pot. Measured from the bottom of the pot to the top of the plant is 7.5''-10''.
Light: Bright, indirect light. Direct light can burn them.
Water: Being a Tillandsia, the best way to water yours is to spray it a couple times per week, and giving it a deeper water every couple weeks by pouring a slow trickle into the funnel of the leaves.
Humidity: If your humidity is low, your Bromeliad will appreciate more regular misting.
Temperature: They do well in most in-home temperatures from 60-80 F.
Soil: Due to a shallow root system, these plants don’t need or want large pots. The plant can even grow without a pot or soil. People often fasten Tillandsia to other objects, such as branches or blocks of wood.
Fertilizing: You can fertilize this plant one of two ways - either using an Air Plant Fertilizer that you'd spray onto the leaves (during the growing season of Spring through Summer) or you can use a general houseplant fertilizer during the growing season about once/month.
Flower: This plant has a bright showy pink flowering bract for at least 3 months and then the bract has purple flowers that blossom for a short time. Bromeliads only flower once so once it has its bract and flowers, the Inflorescence will die and the plant will continue to live with their attractive green leaves. After the leaves start to die, they'll produce several offsets or "pups" around the base of the plant - this is the Bromeliad's last expenditure of energy - creating the next generation.
These offsets or "pups" can be separated from the adult Bromeliad if desired and grown on to hopefully flower themselves one day, or you can leave them where they are. If you leave the pups on the adult plant, the adult will die off but in time, you'll have an attractive large bush which could have multiple flowering bracts.
Toxicity: Generally, Pink Quill Bromeliad are considered to be pet-safe but as always, please take precautions and keep your fur friends away from your plant friends.