Air Plant Tillandsia Scaposa Kolbii | Scaposa Air Plant Care
|12 Hours of filtered light. Direct sun will result in a reddening of the leaf tips and possible burning, we don't recommend it. Here in south FL zone 9.5, we keep our specimen scaposa both on the south east facing porch in several hours of direct sun and in the front growing area in all day shade to monitor the difference. Shade grown plants tend to grow larger, have longer leaves that are darker green. Abundant light plants stay small, with dark silvery leaves, until they bloom. Shade grown are much more attractive.|
|In very humid conditions, mist every other or even every third day. In dry conditions, mist daily. In any condition, allow the plant to completely dry between watering. Soak once or twice monthly for a few minutes (say 10), but the plant must dry out within three hours or so after doing so. An oscillating fan could help. Sitting in water for long periods of time will kill your plant. Rain water, healthy pond, stream, or lake water are fantastic for your tillandisa.|
|Fertilize sparingly once or twice monthly, usually during the soak. Use a good tilandsia fertilizer. We use Grow More 17-8-22, and have samples available for free. You pay for the jar and shipping only. TOO MUCH FERTILIZER WILL BURN YOUR PLANT.|
Tillandsia scaposa prefers hot forest areas, strands and hammocks. It thrives in hot and humid environments, like cypress swamps. It is considered a herbaceous plant, vascular without woody structure below or above the ground. It is native to Oaxaca, Chiapas, and Guatemala.
Tillandsia scaposa are easily cared for in just about any environment. These plants prefer warm to hot temperatures, humidity, and air circulation. In zones 9 +, these plants can survive outdoors, as long as they are protected from frost. In other zones, they may be grown in artificial environments, provided they are misted regularly, provided 12 hours of filtered or artificial sunlight, and moving air. They do not require soil and only require occasional fertilization.
Like all tillandsia, these plants will die after blooming. But, before they do they will produce "pups". These pups will match the parent plant and can be left to grow on the mount or can be broken off when mature and mounted somewhere else. If your air plant appears sick after blooming, it's NORMAL. DO NOT THROW IT OUT, but continue to care for it as you usually do. Watch for pups to emerge.
Your air plant is only fully exhausted if you can pluck the leaves out of the central plant without effort. Usually this is the result of over watering and rot. Plants that die naturally will tend to still be tough and simply dry out and wither.