February 8, 2023
Tillandsia cyanea

Tillandsia cyanea

Tillandsia cyanea or Pink Quill is an epiphytic perennial native to Ecuador and Peru. Cyanea refers to the bluish-violet color of the flowers. It is a member of the Bromeliaceae family of plants, related to Bromeliads. It has a rosette of stemless and narrow leaves. It produces violet flowers from a flat paddle-like pink spike with brackets.

Tillandsia cyanea
Tillandsia cyanea

Tillandsia cyanea blooms after two or three years when it is mature and after blooming, it produces offsets that you can later divide when they are large enough. In order to bloom, they need to have enough light but diffused light.

Tillandsia cyanea
Tillandsia cyanea at a border in St James’s Park, London

Tillandsia cyanea is a tropical plant growing on trees and does not need any compost as it uses some sort of support. In its native rainforests this plant grows on trees, it has small roots that help in anchoring itself to the tree as it gathers moisture through their leaves.

Tillandsia cyanea requires a minimum temperature of 45°F or 7°C. It needs diffused light and good ventilation. To best maintain it during spring and summer, you can immerse it in water or rainwater if available then let it drain.

Tillandsia cyanea at a border in St James's Park, London
Tillandsia cyanea at a border in St James’s Park, London

It usually flowers in spring and autumn. You can remove rosettes that die after flowering. Tillandsia cyanea can grow up to 50cm or 20in. It is generally disease-free. Watch out for aphids or mealybugs.

Propagate from seed or by division or separation of offsets when the offsets are large enough to do so. As a rule, I would say about a third of the main plant’s size.

Tillandsia cyanea at a border in St James's Park, London
Tillandsia cyanea at a border in St James’s Park, London

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