Ionantha Rubra are closely related to Ionantha Guatemala but have softer leaves and less trichomes. Trichomes are very tiny scales on the leaves that give them a white or silvery look. The trichomes help the leaves hold moisture so it can be absorbed. These are perfect for small seashells, terrariums under 5 inches, cork bark, driftwood and any other medium. They are very hardy and average about 2 inches tall. They will grow as large as 3 to 4 inches and multiply by producing "pups" from their base. They will give you wonderful blooms 2 to 3 times per year.
The Tillandsia Ionantha is a beautiful air plant, and is a great first plant if you are new to air plant care.
These adorable plants feature layers upon layers of the prettiest silvery-green leaves, and an adorable round shape. When the Ionantha blooms, it will have the most beautiful violet flowers, and when in bloom the top of the plant will also turn a brilliant bright red. The flowering cycle on the Ionantha is one of the most beautiful of all of the air plant varieties.
...mist 2-3 times a week, more often in hot and dry conditions like that of in the desert. It thrives in warm, humid conditions but will do just fine in dry, desert-like environments with regular thorough mistings. You can also run them under a bit of water if they appear to be particularly dry. Do not submerge them though, like you would with other air plants.
It thrives with indirect sunlight. All day direct sunlight will lead to the plant over drying and the tips burning. It also loves fluorescent lighting – making them ideal for office environments.
Ideal temperatures are between 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit.
...soak too long. This traps water in between its leaves - so after a soaking or a heavy misting, make sure you turn it upside down and shake the excess water free. You can leave the air plant upside down until it is fully dry before placing it back in its home.
The Tillandsia Ionantha is native Nicaragua, Mexico, Costa Rica, and certain areas of South America. It can also be found growing in the wild in the Southern United States in Texas, Florida and California.