Tillandsia Andreana is a dome shaped air plant native to Colombia. It has fine soft lime greem foliage with needle-like leaves. The leaves sometimes have a pink tinge, indicating that the flowering time is near. Andreana displays bright red flowers when in bloom. Andreana will die soon after it booms, but by that time they will have produced pups or offshoots. It prefers warm temperatures and will be happiest when kept inside. This air plant is perfect inside a terrarium or mounted on a piece of cholla wood or other non-absorbent material.
Light: Bright filtered light. Andreana can be placed near most windows (but avoid North facing windows because there might not be enough light).
Water: Mist your Andreana at least once a week. Dry your air plants upside down after spraying to ensure that water doesn’t collect in between the leaves.
Fertilizing: Feed every month to give the air plant enough nutrients.
When watering, completely drench your Tillandsias as misting alone can be insufficient. They like to be watered 2-3 times per week on average, however in a dry, hot climate they may want to be watered as much as 2 times per day. Conversely, in moist cool environment one watering per week or two will suffice. If your Tillandsias become too dry or desiccated they will benefit from an occasional soaking in a bucket of water overnight (do not do this with Tillandsia xerographica, streptophylla, or magnusiana as we have found it can cause leaf damage). However, for routine watering they should be able to dry out in 4 hours or less to avoid rotting. We prefer to use reverse osmosis water with a dilute solution of fertilizer every time we water.
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Tillandsias grow best in bright indirect or filtered light April through October. Early morning or later evening direct sun is OK in mild environments. They can typically handle more direct sun November through March.
Tillandsias can be kept outdoors year round if protected from frost. Optimum temperature range is between 50 and 90 degrees F.
Tillandsias can survive without fertilizer, though a plant benefiting from a fertilizer regimen will grow, bloom, and produce offsets (pups) more vigorously. A Bromeliad or Tillandsia fertilizer should be used 2 times per month at ¼ strength.
Indoor care is similar to outdoor care. To get enough light, Tillandsias should be within 3 feet of a window. It is often dryer indoors so more water may be required. They should dry out within 4 hours of a watering unless you are rehydrating them with an overnight soaking. It is easiest to water indoor plants by dunking them or run them under the faucet.