Tillandsia Capitata Peach Air Plant Information and Care
|12 Hours bright to filtered light. Capitata Peach can tolerate full sun. Here in south FL, we keep our specimen Capitata Peach on the south east facing porch but we also have several plants down stairs in full sun.|
|In humid conditions, water by misting or gentle spray every three to four days. Capitata Peach is drought tolerant and missing a few days watering won't hurt it. In dry conditions, water evgery other day. In any condition, the plants must dry within a few hours. Air circulation can aid in drying. Soak Capitata once or twice monthly for 20 minutes in water with fertilizer or in clean rain water or water from a natural fresh water source (stream, lake, pond). NEVER allow your plant to sit in water or soil or remain wet for more than three hours.|
|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 Capitata Peach prefer dry, desert conditions and are found native in Mexico, Honduras, Cuba and the Dominican Republic. They are more commonly found attached to rock, rather than trees, and can survive some cool to cold conditions.
Tillandsia Capitata Peach are VERY easily cared for. They have fine but strong hair like roots that grow for the purpose of anchoring the plant to it's mount - not for transmission of nutrients. As such, these plants prefer warm to hot temperatures, dry conditions, and air circulation. In zones 9 +, these plants can survive outdoors but should be protected from temperatures below 60°. Capitata Peach may be grown in artificial environments, provided they are misted regularly, provided 12 hours of filtered or artificial sunlight, and moving air. Like all tillandsia, they do not require soil and only require occasional fertilization.
Like all tillandsia, Capitata Peach air plants will die after blooming. But, before they do they will produce "pups", "Offsets", or "Offshoots" - all three names mean the same thing. 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.