Tillandsia cyanea, aka the Pink Quill Plant, is a species of flowering plant in the bromeliad family, native to the rainforests of Ecuador. It gets its name from the plume of bright pink bracts, which can produce purple blooms, that last for months. The stiff, grey/green leaves add a beautiful touch to the home.
They should not be in a position to see the sun directly, although early morning or late evening sun is fine. Filtered sunlight through a sheer curtain is best and most homes are comprised primarily of indirect sunlight. The best spot for them is where they do not see the sun during the majority of the day but still get bright, indirect light.
They will thrive in bright light, but also can tolerate medium light. A good medium-light place in your home would be in the middle of a room that has a regular size window. They can be placed anywhere between the middle of the room and the window. Remember that plants will grow based on how much light they receive and flowers generally need more light than foliage.
They like the soil to be relatively dry before the next watering. That usually takes about 2 weeks in an average home environment. It will vary depending on the time of year, your environment and lighting conditions, but for them, it's always safer to underwater or water when you see signs of lack of water (i.e. droopy, floppy, or soft leaves). Expect to water more often in brighter light and less often in lower light.
They will do well in average humidity environments but will appreciate a little bit of humidity if provided, give them a mist daily or get a humidifier.
It is best to use rainwater or distilled water when watering. The center of a bromeliad is called a tank or cup, and, when watering, fill the cup in the center and don’t allow it to get empty. That being said, don't let that standing water sit longer than a week, as the water will become stagnant and could possibly damage the plant. The flower will generally last for 3-6 months and the main plant won't flower again, producing offsets instead.
The plant comes with a default nursery pot. The nursery pot is usually 0.5" - 1" smaller than stated to fit into the same size decorative pot. Washable Paper Planter Bags are sold separately.
As with all living things, no two plants are alike. There is some natural variation in size, shape, and characteristics. We make every effort to bring you a plant that as closely as possible matches the plant as it appears on our website, in the size you have chosen, and have a good potential to happily grow in your home.