Tillandsia Ionantha Fuego Air Plant Care
|12 Hours filtered light. Bright sunny windowsills will work. Some outdoor direct sun is OK too, but not all day.|
|In humid conditions, water by misting or gentle spray every to every other day. In dry conditions, water daily. In any condition, the plants must dry within a few hours. Air circulation can aid in drying. Soak Ionantha Fuego 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 Ionantha Fuego prefer sub tropic environments with warm and humid forests and are found native in Mexico and South America.
Tillandsia Ionantha Fuego are 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, humidity, and air circulation. In zones 9 +, these plants can survive outdoors but should be protected from temperatures below 50°. Fuego airplants 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, Ionantha fuego air plants will eventually 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.