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mslopezlovesplants
Jun 25, 2017 1:26 PM CST
Hi all!

I recently purchased an air plant at my local garden shop. It is a fairly large plant, and when I bought it the leaves were curled in on itself--it was very spherical in shape and almost looked like a large blossom. I have noticed, however, that the leaves on one side of the plant are straightening and reaching out and I am not sure what this means. I am a total air plant novice and am just wondering if this is a sign of something--too much sun? Over or under-watering? I keep reading article online about how easy and simple air plant care can be but I just feel like I am at a loss!

Thanks so much for any advice or guidance!

Sincerely
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plantladylin
Jun 25, 2017 1:51 PM CST
Hi mslopezlovesplants, Welcome!

Do know the name of your Air Plants (Tillandsia) ?

It looks somewhat like Air Plant (Tillandsia xerographica) but whichever it is, they all require pretty much the same care ... bright, indirect light and high humidity. Your plant is beautiful and looks very healthy so perhaps the extending of the leaves is just normal growth habit. Hopefully someone who recognizes your lovely Tillandsia will be along shortly and be able to offer advice.

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WillC
Jun 25, 2017 1:58 PM CST
As the new leaves on your Tillandsia mature, they will curl under. It will do best if kept in a location where it gets lots of bright indirect sunlight and it can tolerate some direct indoor sun each day. Give it a good soak in the sink once or twice per week. Misting it is awkward and doesn't do that much for it.
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TennesseeDave
Jun 25, 2017 2:19 PM CST
Looks like Xerographica to me as well. Could also be a hybrid of Xerographica. Looks okay to me. Just started with Tillandsias myself but I have done a lot or reading and research on this plant in the last few weeks. I do know that the the drier the plant is the greater tendency for it to curl up on itself. Lots of good info here. http://www.rainforestflora.com...
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Baja_Costero
Jun 25, 2017 3:48 PM CST
Your plant is probably reaching for the light (not too much) since it's all coming from one side. You can rotate it regularly if you like to see if this helps.
Chicago, IL
mslopezlovesplants
Jun 25, 2017 6:44 PM CST
Thanks so much for all of the advice, everyone! I really appreciate it and am so happy to be a part of this helpful online community! :)
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jun 26, 2017 8:56 AM CST
You will love this community ... so many helpful and kind members here!
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