Tillandsia Ionantha Fuego is a native plant of Mexico and South America. They can grow well in sub tropic environments with humid forests and warm climate.
How to Care for Ionantha Fuego
Tillandsia Ionantha Fuego is one of the easiest plants to care for. Although their roots are fine, yet they are sturdy enough to support the plant. Nevertheless, they are not mainly used for distributing the nutrients. If you want to grow these plants, then keep in mind that they favor humidity, warm to hot temperatures, as well as sufficient air circulation.
These plants can thrive outdoors, specifically in zones 9+. However, they require protection whenever the temperature gets below 50°. Although you could also choose to grow these plants in synthetic environments, just keep in mind that you have to mist them regularly. Also, be sure to provide them with 12 hours of airflow and sunlight. Just like the other varieties of Tillandsia, these plants do not need any soil but require sporadic fertilization.
Sadly, Tillandsia Ionantha Fuego will perish after producing some flowers. The good thing is they will generate pups, otherwise known as offsets. These offsets can grow into new plants. You can simply leave them to grow and when they become mature you can break them off and transfer them in other areas. Sometimes your plant will look sick after producing flowers, but no worries, this is just normal. Do not throw them yet, just continue caring for them like you normally do. Then, you can see the pups will develop in no time.
Overwatering these plants can make them rot. Sometimes you think that they have died but they just need some water.
What Makes Tillandsia Ionantha Fuego Unique?
Ionantha Fuego is not your ordinary kind of house plants. Since they grow uniquely, sometimes it can be very confusing for beginners. They do not require too much attention and they are very hardy too! The fact is, they can thrive with sporadic bathing and water misting whenever the climate is not extremely dry.
These plants should not be grown in the soil and be sure to keep them away from frosts. Always provide them with bright light. If you grow them indoors and there is no sufficient air, then you need to submerge them in the water for at least two to three hours every two weeks.
If you want to fertilize them, then simply add a small amount of Bromeliad or Orchid fertilizer into your mister. If you are growing them in an unheated home, then you can soak them once a month when the weather is cold and once or twice a week during the summer.
How to Grow Tillandsia Ionantha Fuego in Glass Globes
Growing air plants in glass globes are becoming more and more popular these days. If you are growing a larger globe, then it will require more care. Right after you purchase your plant, you have to soak them for about 20 to 30 minutes. You will know that you have a happy plant if it’s got the right size and color. Always make sure that your plant is completely dry before putting them into the globe.
As much as possible, mist your air plant every four to five days. If you have a small globe, then one spray will do, however, if you have large globes which are three to five inches, them they will require between two to three sprays. If you placed them in a large open globe, then you have to spray them a number of times. This is because if you have a smaller globe, then it has less circulation and it can hold the moisture for a longer period. Avoid overwatering your plant since it will die.
If you think that your plant does not look happy and healthy anymore after soaking, then you have to remove them and soak them for about 30 minutes to one hour. Shake them off to remove the excess water and place them back in the globe.
How Much Light Does Tillandsia Ionantha Fuego Need?
Generally, these air plants require bright filtered light. Although they can tolerate more light if there is more humidity in the air. Other varieties, such as the Harissii and Xerographica, can be grown outdoors in full sun. However, they can quickly burn when placed in a greenhouse with no shade. It is also not advisable to place them in a sunny room with an unshaded glass since the air can dry out quickly. If you place these plants in a very sunny area indoors, then you have to mist them every day or soak them every week, depending on what is more preferable to you.
If you can’t provide them with natural sunlight, then it is best to give then a full-scale artificial light just like a fluorescent. You can place them six inches away from the fluorescent tubes but not father than 36 inches. These plants should only be exposed to light for 12 hours each day.
What Is the Ideal Way of Watering Your Tillandsia Ionantha Fuego?
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- They are hardy, and only require a weekly misting.
- They bloom purple flowers.
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- These are excellent plants for terrariums
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- They are hardy, and only require a weekly misting.