All About Tillandsia Montana the Black

All About Tillandsia Monsanto the Black Care

Montana the Black is one of only a handful of air plants with a natural black color. It has an open rosette and if given enough light, blushes a deep purple/soft black.

Tillandsia Montana is native to Brazil. They grow in many different environments from the forest floor to cliff sides to trees.

These are medium-sized plants. Most plants are between 3-6 inches tall and wide. The leaves are thin, and stiff, and fan out in an open rosette. They have beautiful hot pink flowers when in bloom.

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

All About Caring for Tillandsia Montana the Black

These beauties are easy to care for and are one of my favorite air plants for beginners. They have great color so it’s easy to tell if your air plant is getting enough light. If the black color starts fading to soft purple or green, it needs more light.

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 Montan the Black……

USDA Zone 11-12

Water Montana the Black by soaking for 1 to 4 hours once per week. These are water hogs and don’t do well with missed watering. 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 on medium-growing air plants with most growing to about 6 inches wide.

Montana the Black needs bright indirect light to induce blushing. It can survive with lower light but will not maintain a black 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. Montanas 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. Montana is a prolific pupper, often growing pups before it blooms.

All About Montana the Black Care

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