Tillandsia Magnusiana is an easy-to-care-for air plant that can grow well in a variety of different climates. The air plant prefers good light, and because of the trichomes (gray hairs on the leaves) can manage to thrive in very bright, hot conditions. Tillandsia Magnusiana can be grown horizontally – attached to a piece of cork or wire – this prevents water gathering at the base of the air plant, which may lead to rot.
As T.magnusiana is a smaller species of plant, it requires more frequent watering. One can spray the plant thoroughly two to three times a week. Especially in the hotter months. Alternatively, a good soaking once a week or every alternative week, perhaps in water mixed with liquid fertilizer, will help maintain the plants color and growth.
This wonderful species of air plant produces an unusual short blade shaped inflorescence with purple tubular flowers and can take on a lovely reddish-maroon blush in strong light.
Our species of T.magnusiana are around 7cm in height. They are a particular difficult species to get hold of and are well worth adding to any garden or collection. In time they will flower and produce offsets, and leave you with a very attractive clump.