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- Tillandsia usneoides
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Tillandsia usneoides is part of the Bromeliaceae family and its native range is Tropical & Subtropical America. and is commonly called 'Spanish Moss' (it's neither a moss or from Spain). This epiphyte is typically found wrapped and drooping from the branches or bark of bald cypress, oak, elm, pecan and pine trees. Tillandsia usneoides is grey-green in colour and is made up of downward extending stems, often found in masses, and as long as 20ft. It is covered in absorbent furry scales (trichomes) which enable the plant to absorb water from the humid air.
Tillandsia usneoides is commonly called ‘Spanish Moss’ it is neither of those things. The genus name was given by Carl Linnaeus to honour the Swedish physician and botanist Elias Tillandz (originally Tillander). Specific epithet comes from ‘Usnea’ a lichen that this Tillandsia resembles.
Length: Approximately 40cm
Light: Bright indirect light, meaning the plant sees the sun for 0-4 hours per day - this could be through trees or a translucent curtain, it’s important for the plant to see the sky in order to thrive. South or east facing windows are great and remember the higher the humidity in your space, the more light the plant can tolerate.
Water: You can mist it 2-3 times a week and soak your plant every couple of weeks for 5-10 minutes in tepid water. If you opt to dunk/soak your Tillandsia, gently shake excess water off and turn it upside down so that no water remains trapped between the leaves. Good air circulation is important for Tillandsia. Watering is dependent on how much light the plant is receiving as well as temperature and humidity. Watering ought to be done in the morning time in order to extend drying time.
Fertilising: Feed every other month during the growing season. You can dilute fertiliser to half the recommended amount but never add more.
Humidity: Moderate humidity, 60%.
Tillandsia are non-toxic.
Delivery & Returns
Please be aware that your plant may vary from the picture as this is a living item. Variations of shape and colour are perfectly natural and to be expected. We will send you a plant as close to the picture and description as possible. The picture shown is an example of what's in stock unless stated otherwise.
Our plants are sent with a detailed care guide to help you look after them. You must provide the adequate conditions to keep them alive.
Shipping & Delivery
We can only ship within the UK. Orders from abroad cannot be fulfilled and will be cancelled & refunded.
We pack and ship all orders on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to prevent plants waiting in transit over the weekend.
We do send all our plants via next day delivery, however couriers can sometimes take longer.
We guarantee our plants 14 day from receipt. We guarantee to send happy and healthy plants, however, it is your responsibility to care for them and we cannot be held responsible for neglect or mis care. Please send us a picture within 24 hours of receiving your plant and we'll help you out with your issue.
If returning your order, please keep all original packaging and use this to send the plant back to us. This will ensure the plant is kept as safe as possible on its return.
To allow the plant to acclimatise in its new home, there should be no repotting of the plant for a minimum of 14 days after receipt. If any plant has been repotted or a cutting has been taken then we are not able to accept returns.
We are happy to replace your plant if it is very badly damaged in transport. The loss of a leaf in transport on a healthy plant should not generally be cause for any concern. We cannot give a refund for snapped leaves.
Caring for your new leafy green friends
Please don’t put me on or close to a radiator, the heat will dry me out.
Take me out of any ceramic pots when watering to stop my roots rotting.
I need light to survive. Please give me light!
I don’t like draughts! Keep me away from any cold spots in the house.