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Tillandsia tricolor v. melanocrater

Tillandsia tricolor v. melanocrater


Tillandsia tricolor requires moderate watering and ample air flow. Mist 3-5 times per week or soak it 1-2 times per week for a half an hour. As with all air plants, always make sure it’s fully  dry within 4 hours after watering. The tricolor does best in partial shade or a bright room and can handle a couple hours of direct sun every day. The more light it receives the more red it turns.

Each Tillandsia is hand picked and cared for with love while waiting to meet it’s new owner. Please Note that each Tillandsia will vary slightly in shape, size and color and can have small blemishes as they are real, living plants. We always inspect each one thoroughly to ensure that the plants are 100% healthy before sending.


• Native to Mexico & Central America
• Bloom color: Purple


• 4 inches tall

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Tillandsia tricolor melanocrater is a smooth, stiff leafed air plant with green leaves that turn red when it receives a high amount of light. It’s a very hardy plant and perfect for beginners. You can mount these to driftwood or rocks or place them in pots. When ready to flower the air plant turns bright red and a long red or yellow flower spike forms. Eventually purple tube flowers bloom in a striking display.

New To Air Plants? Learn More!

What are air plants? Their technical name is Tillandsia and they are one of the few plants out there that don’t require dirt to thrive. They are epiphytes which means they use their roots as grabbers to attach to trees and rocks instead of using them in the dirt. Some air plant species actually do use their roots in dirt but there aren’t too many like that. Air plants receive nutrients through their leaves by way of tiny little trichomes. Water and air both can have the nutrients they need to thrive and grow bigger. Air plants are very slow growing compared to most other plants and you might not see any noticeable growth for a year or two! Air plants are also related to the more commonly known bromeliad which you will see quite often at nurseries or grocery stores.

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Additional information

Weight4 oz
Dimensions5 × 5 × 5 in


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