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  • Tillandsia cyanea 'Pink Quill' Quart
  • Tillandsia cyanea 'Pink Quill' Quart

Tillandsia cyanea 'Pink Quill' Quart

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Smaller than its bromeliad cousins, 'Pink Quill' can be grown in soil or as an air plant, with the "quill" lasting up to four months.

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'Pink Quill' is an intriguing epiphyte native to Ecuador, meaning that it grows on trees with minimal soil, and derives its nutrients from the air, so for the indoor gardener, this bromeliad can be grown in soil or as an air plant. If grown in soil, water thoroughly but infrequently in a fast-draining medium. Do not water into the center of the rosette, but at the base. Alternatively, the leaves can be misted once or twice a week, depending upon how dry its environment. Whether grown in soil or as an air plant, give 'Pink Quill' lots of indirect light, and don't overwater.

The pink quill is actually a bract from which purple flowers will bloom, however briefly and infrequently. This is the first time we've brought this beauty into the nursery, so we have yet to see the actual flowers.  You may see little "pups" growing at the base of the rosette; these can be separated out and planted in their own pots but patience is required for them to bloom. It could be three years before they flower. In the meantime, this bromeliad will stay low but its narrow leaves will spread out wide. 


Common Name Pink Quill Plant
Mature Size 4" - 6" tall, 12" - 16" wide
Growth Rate Slow
Optimum Temperature 60°-80° F
Characteristics Houseplant, pet-friendly
Light Well-lit room, no direct sun
Water Water at the base (not the center) when the soil is dry. Prefers regular misting.
Structure Low mound
Bloom Color Pink inflorescence with purple flowers
Uses Houseplant, pet-friendly
Photos Real images, not stock photos
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