Caput Medusae

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Tillandsia Caput Medusae, also known as Medusa's head plant, is an air plant that grows sturdy but soft snake-like leaves that resemsble the hair of Medusa. And when it blooms, the plant develops gorgeous blush, mauve and peach shades. Caput Medusae absorbs the majority of nutrients and water from the air though the scales (trichomes) on its leaves.

Light: Bright filtered light

Soil: No soil is needed. Sand, sea glass, rocks, pebbles & bark chip can be used instead of soil.

Water: Frequent misting several times a week is necessary. Give it a little shake off afterwards to make sure water doesn't collect in the bottom leaves to prevent rot. Caput Medusae's leaves will begin to curl tightly when it is underwatered.

Hardiness: Zone 10 (30F)

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.

Your plant will be meticulously bubblewrapped and shipped in a sturdy box. Most 2" plants are shipped in their original plastic pot with soil. Fragile and big 4" plants are shipped bareroot to ensure their safety. When opening your package, some soil may be loose in the box. Plant orders are shipped within 3-5 days depending on availability of the plant. We ship our plants Monday through Friday, all twelve months of the year! If you need your order urgently, please message us so we can upgrade your shipping (additional cost applied).

Here is our blog about the shipping process and packaging

We do not ship outside of the continental United States. 

We only ship out beautiful, healthy plants! Please track your package and open it immediately upon arrival. If you receive your package and are not satisfied, please message us immediately. Fragile plants such as bearpaw, baby toe, etc. may break or loose a few of their leaves during transport. Please contact us for replacements if your plants are severely damaged. We'll try our best to accommodate you. 

Plants may be slightly larger or smaller than the pot they are grown in, depending on availability or time of year. Sedums such as Cherry Tart and Lime Zinger are dormant in the winter, i.e. they wilt, start dropping leaves, and look dead. It's simply a survival mechanism that help succulents stay alive over the cold winter and gear up for warmer days ahead.

Provide porous soil with adequate drainage, pots with drainage hole are recommended. Bright, filtered light and ample airflow. Water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch. Never let your succulents sit in water. Do NOT water on the leaves. If you water from beneath by letting the plant sit in a saucer of water, make sure to pour off any excess water after a few minutes.

The hotter it is outside, the faster your soil will dry out, so you’ll need to water more often if you live in a hot area. Water with caution in winter, as the plant can lose its roots if the soil stays cold and wet for extended periods; protect from frost to prevent scarring.

Your product will be carefully wrapped in tissue paper and shipped in a sturdy box. 

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.

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