Tillandsia cyanea is one of 374 species of the genus Tillandsia. Pink Quill is an epiphyte from Ecuador.
Blooming Time: Winter; Inflorescence is a flattened plume of deep pink or red bracts from which violet blue flowers emerge, 1 or 2 at a time, for long periods.
Culture: Tillandsia cyanea do best in bright indirect sunlight. They need medium temperatures of 50 to 65 degrees at night and day temperatures of 68 degrees or higher. Pink Quills need a loose, fast draining soil (2 parts peat moss to 1 part loam to 1 part sharp sand or perlite). They can also be grown on slabs of bark or tree fern fiber. The potting mix should be kept moist at all times. Fertilize weekly with a balanced fertilizer diluted to ½ the strength recommended on the label.
Propagation: Tillandsia cyanea are propagated by division or seed. Plants can be divided at anytime of the year. Seeds are germinated on peat moss with temperatures of 65 degrees. Seeds need light to germinate.
Tillandsia cyanea was featured as Plant of the Week October 8-14, 1999.
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