All About Stricta Soft Purple

All About Stricta Soft Purple

Tillandsia Stricta Soft Purple is a beautiful stricta with soft, silver leaves that slightly recurve. It has an open rosette and if given enough light, blushes a soft purple. It sports gorgeous pink flowers when in bloom.

Stricta is a huge Tillandsia species with many different cultivators and hybrids. They are endemic to South America and Trinidad. They grow in many different environments from the forest floor to cliff sides to trees.

These are medium-sized air plants with most growing to 4-8 inches wide. They can grow much larger if allowed to grow as a specimen, also known as an air plant clump. The symmetrical growth pattern allows for a nearly perfectly round clump.

As with other cultivators of stricta, it’s easy to care for and a great air plant for beginners.

All About Caring for Tillandsia Stricta Soft Purple

These beauties are easy to care for and are one of my favorite air plants for beginners. They need bright indirect light to maintain the purple blush. If the purple color starts fading to silver, give it more light. They grow very well in medium light but will have a silver color instead of purple. I personally prefer the silver color; however, both colors can indicative of healthy growth.

Stricta Soft Purple is slightly more drought tolerant than some stiff leaf stricta cultivators. If it gets too dry, the leaves will start to fold inwards and the plant will deflate a little. Once it’s hydrated, the leaves will open and the plant will fill out. Check out our How to Water Air Plants Guide.

Read on to learn more about caring for Stricta Soft Purple……

USDA Zone 10-12

Water Stricta Soft Purple by soaking for 30 minutes to 4 hours once per week and dry it upside down. If water gets caught in the base it will cause rot. Check out our in-depth guide for watering air plants.

These are medium-sized with most growing to 4 to 8 inches wide.

Stricta Soft Purple needs bright indirect light to induce blushing. It can survive with lower light but will not maintain a purple color. Often south and east-facing windows get the best light.

NO SOIL. Soil will kill most air plants.

The ideal humidity is 50% or higher. Stricta can survive on less but they may need longer soaks if the air is dry.

Air plants are non-toxic and safe for children and pets.

Use an air plant specific fertilizer or dilute orchid fertilizer. The ideal ratio for Tillandsia is 16-9-25.

Propagate from pups and seeds.

Get your very own Sricta Soft Purple here.


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