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Pink Quill (Tillandsia cyanea) – Flowering plants

Pink Quill (Tillandsia cyanea) is an epiphytic perennial, flowering houseplant. It can grow up to 20-inches high by 20-inches wide. It has stemless rosettes of thin, recurved leaves and paddle-shaped spikes of 20 pink bracts with violet flowers, in spring and autumn.

Scientific Name: Tillandsia cyanea
Common Names: Pink Quill

Scientific classification:

Family: Bromeliaceae
Subfamily: Tillandsioideae
Genus: Tillandsia
Subgenus: Phytarrhiza
Species: T. cyanea

How to grow and maintain Pink Quill (Tillandsia cyanea):

It thrives best in bright light, but not direct sunlight. South, east or west window is perfect. They can also be grown under fluorescent tubes. Be sure to avoid any strong, direct sun as the plant will burn baby burn.

It grows well in an orchid mix or fine-grade fir bark. Don’t pack it down, keep the mix loose to allow air around the roots.

Water two to four times a week with a mister. If your environment is dry, mist daily. Water until leaves are thoroughly wet. The water that runs off should be enough to wet the roots. Do not soak base of a plant. Use rainwater or filtered tap water for misting your bromeliad. Soft water contains too much salt and some tap water contains chlorine and fluoride that can leave water spots on foliage.

It prefers moderate to high humidity. Brown tips on leaves are a result of dry air.

It thrives well in average room temperatures 60 degrees Fahrenheit – 75 degrees Fahrenheit / 16 degrees Celsius – 24 degrees Celsius

Fertilize once a month in spring and summer with a foliar fertilizer spray specially made for Tillandsias.

It can be easily propagated by putting out offsets, or pups, from the base of the mother plant. When the pups are half the size of the mother, they can be divided and pot shallowly in fresh potting mix

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