This amazing air plant is in bloom. Once it has flowered it will begin to produce 'pups'. Each pup will then grow and produce a flower. Each pup can be removed from the mother once it reaches about 1/3 of the size of the mother. Part of the bromeliad family this small epiphyte originates from the American jungles where it grows on trees. It has a compact rosette of bristle-covered silvery grey leaves, which turn bright red for 4-6 weeks when it comes into flower. The extraordinary violet/purple tubular flower appears from the central crown of leaves. It doesn't need to be potted in compost just grows on the bark and it will take moisture and nutrients from the air. It needs a humid environment to thrive, so a bright bathroom or steamy kitchen would be ideal. Misting with water a couple of times a week when in flower usually supplies sufficient water. After flowering you can also dunk for 20-30 minutes once a week. Shake off any excess water though as they dislike overwatering. If possible use rain water, or let tap water sit overnight, and never use water from a water softener.

Plant height: 5-6cms.

Tillandsia Ionantha Rubra 'Air plant' sea urchin hanging on a metre of line

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  • Misting with water a couple of times a week when in flower usually supplies sufficient water. After flowering you can also dunk for 20-30 minutes once a week. Shake off any excess water though as they dislike overwatering. If possible use rain water, or let tap water sit overnight, and never use water from a water softener.