T. Ionantha Fuego Air Plants, Approximately 2"
Tillandsia Ionantha Fuego (Fire) is one of the most popular air plants. T. Ionantha Fuego is a small sized air plant with bright lime green colored leaved that are short, thick and smooth. When in bloom, T. Ionantha Fuego will display their well-known intense hot pink blush and bright purple flowers. It's optimal temperature is 75 +/- 10, with tolerance for higher temperatures and humidity. They appreciate bright stippled sunny areas of lighting.
From Green to Blush
T. Ionantha Fuego is a small sized air plant with short and thick leaves. They display a bright lime green color with prominent trichomes at their base. When transitioning into blush, their leaves will begin to change from green to a vibrant pink color.
The leaves are a great indicator for the plants need for water. When underwatered, they may show signs of leaf curling, browning and/or may be dry to the touch. Care must be taken to ensure water does not pool in its base, as this will cause rot. Good air flow will assist with drying and turning the plant upside down after watering will prevent water from pooling.
Bud Formation & Blooms
T. Ionantha Fuego blooms from early spring through late summer. They have a long lasting blush with shades of red, rose, and pinks followed by an impressive bloom displaying a rose colored inflorescence and bright purple flowers.
While their flowers only last for a few days, their intense blush can be enjoyed for several weeks and can remain colorful for weeks after its bloom.
Fertilizing your Tillandsia with The Drunken Gnome's Bromeliad & Air Plant Food will help encourage budding and brighter blooms.
Reproduction & Propagation
T. Ionantha Fuego have a life cycle of growing to maturity and then blooming. Before, during, or after blooming T. Fuego will start producing new baby plants called offsets, which are also known as pups. Fuego is a quick grower that produces lots of pups that clump together to form a ball. On average it will produce between 2 - 8 pups.
The pups will obtain nutrients from the mother plant as she ends her lifecycle. They can be separated once the pups grow to 1/3 or half the size of the mother plant. A gentle tug and twist will not hurt the plants as you remove the pups.
Receiving Your Airplant
No matter what stage your T. Ionantha Fuego(s) are in at the time of arrival, they will continue to grow and change over time.
Once you receive your new air plant(s), it's important to give them a good soaking and acclimate them to their new environment.
Take care of your air plants and provide for them by nourishing them with adequate sunlight, airflow, water and nutrients and they will reward you for years to come!