All About Tillandsia Neglecta Care

All About Tillandsia Neglecta

Tillandsia Neglecta is a small caulescent air plant with stiff, bright green leaves. This species is more tolerant of neglect than other air plants earning it the name Neglecta. It grows in a slightly curved, upright form. When in bloom, Neglecta sports a gorgeous pink inflorescence with purple flowers.

Neglectas are endemic to Brazil where they grow in colonies between the rocks, similar to how sedum grows. They are normally found in dryer regions which is why they can handle a little more neglect.

These are small air plants with most growing to 3-4 inches tall. They can grow much larger if allowed to grow as a specimen, also known as an air plant clump. Check out this picture of a large specimen.

All About Caring for Tillandsia Neglecta

These beauties are easy to care for and are one of my favorite air plants for beginners. They need bright indirect light. Some Neglecta cultivators can develop a slight blush if grown in high light such as the bronze or red 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 Tillandsia Neglecta……

USDA Zone 10-12

Water Neglecta by soaking for 30 minutes to 4 hours once per week and dry it upside down. This is a species that can be soaked up to 8 hrs but only on rare occasions when they are bone dry. If water gets caught in the stem it will cause rot. Check out our in-depth guide for watering air plants.

These are small air plants with most growing to 3 to 4 inches tall.

Tillandsia Neglecta needs bright indirect light for healthy growth. It can survive with lower light but will not thrive. 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. Neglecta 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.

Tillandsia Neglecta

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