Tillandsia Tectorum Ecuador is an easy care air plant with a beautiful bright fuzzy white appearance. Tectorum developed large trichomes to reflect the strong ultraviolet light in its natural habitats (in Ecuador and Peru) as well as help the plant catch airborne nutrients. Its open form makes it easier for the plant to dry after experiencing a heavy rain, preventing the leaves from being saturated for an extended amount of time, which negatively affects its 'breathing' process. Ecuador Tectorum produces pale pink flowers on tiny purple inflorescence.
Light: Tectorum requires more sunlight than other species because so much of it is reflected by the trichomes. Therefore, direct light is recommended.
Soil: No soil is needed. Sand, sea glass, rocks, pebbles & bark chip can be used instead of soil.
Water: Mist your Tectorum every 1-3 weeks. Give it a little shake off afterwards to make sure water doesn't collect in the bottom leaves to prevent rot.
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.
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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.