Tillandsia cyanea grow and care – epiphytes leaf plant bromeliad of the genus Tillandsia cyanea also known as Pink Quill, Tillandsia cyanea perennial evergreen, used as fragrant ornamental plant, can grow in tropic, mediterranean or subtropics climate or indoor as houseplant and growing in hardiness zone 10b+.
Leaves color green the leaves grow in rosette structure in elliptic and sharp in the edge.
Moist, well-drained soil or better on tree or woody part, frost free (+3C) watering depend on the weather in the summer once a week, in hot location need twice and also depend on the location, humidity, indoor or outdoor, in winter need once a week or every two weeks, in mild winter or not at all in wet winters, more than 3C, soft water (rain water or clean).
How to care: Fertilizer need to be few times a year and fertilize the plant in spray and in cold winter better not to put fertilizers
What is the best way to start growing? Plant / Vegetative Reproduction
Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction? No (but easier)
Difficulties or problems when growing: ?
Recommended planting season? All year in tropic, in other climate spring
Pests and diseases: Aphids
Pruning season: All year
How to prune: Dead leaves
Size of the plant: 10-35 cm, 4-14 inches
Growth speed in optimal condition: Slow growing
Water requirement: Big amount of water
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing: Full Shade
Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant? Yes
How to grow indoors Choose location with enough light and even with little sun, need to be aware that the plant need to be far away from ventilators, heater and air conditions, possible to grow it in the bathroom, be aware to that because of the high humidity need to use less water.
Growing is also possible in a pot / planter /flowerpot / containers: Yes, for one plant 5-10 L
Bloom season: Spring / Summer
General information about the flower: Small purple violet flowers small grow in clusters on the base of the bracts.
How to grow Tillandsia cyanea from seeds
Sowing requirement: Better to use fresh seeds and not more than 2 month old, use peat moss (sphagnum soil), high humidity, light moist soil, 25-30C (77-86F) in the day and colder in the night, a lot of light
Saving and care seeds until sowing: Dry and dark location
Sowing season: End of spring to early autumn
How to plant: Put the seeds in sphagnum soil and keep it moist
Planting spacing: 3*2cm (1.5*1 inch)
Depth of Sowing: On the soil
Conditions for seeds germinate: Moist soil with high humidity
Watering requires for Seeds: Small amount of water (do not over water
Germination time: 1-2 month
Condition of seedling: The same as fully mature plant and need to transplant them to location without algae
Alternative names: pink quill, bromeliad cyanea, tillandsia orchid