Tillandsia Xerographica is an extremely popular air plant among plant enthusiasts. These plants have a distinct look, so it is easy to tell them apart from other air plant species. Xerographica are characterized by silver, curled leaves that contribute to the plant’s spherical shape, and their slow growing habits make them a great plant for owners to maintain and watch them thrive. Its name comes from Greek words “xero” and “graphica,” meaning “dry writing” or “dry painting.” The Xerographica is also commonly referred to as the "Queen" of air plants.
Native to Mexico, Guatemala, and El Salvador, the Xerographica is known to grow in subtropical, dry regions. Xerographica, like all air plants, is an epiphytic species, meaning itobtains its nutrients and moisture from the air through its leaves instead of soil. In their native habitats, Xerographica can often be found growing on tall tree branches.
Like most air plants, Tillandsia Xerographica is low maintenance. These plants prefer bright, indirect light. When it comes to watering, Xerographica have the ability to pull moisture from the air around them. This means that they can adapt well when removed from the humidity they are accustomed to. However, these plants still require regular waterings. Misting these plants a few times a week and soaking them once a month is the ideal routine to follow. When soaking your Xerographica, it's best to completely submerge them underwater for about thirty minutes. Then, make sure to gently shake your plant to remove excess water and let it completely dry before returning it to its home. Xerographica are particularly susceptible to rot because of their thick, tight leaves so it is key to ensure they are totally dry after each watering!
From home and office decor to wedding bouquets, Xerographica’s unique look makes it a great plant to use in design. Some popular ways to display Xerographica are on a piece of driftwood or make a statement and display the Xerographica alone. Air plants truly allow for endless creativity! Plus, Xerographica become even more striking when they bloom; but, because Xerographica are slow growing plants, they are also slow to bloom. When they do bloom, they produce a spike with bright yellow and red colors – as seen below. These plants can even grow to be as large as three feet tall and wide!
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