The Tillandsia Cyanea aka Pink Quill Plant is an easy-to-care-for, versatile, and robust tropical houseplant. Part of the Bromeliad family, unlike most Tillandsia species, it can be grown in a pot as well as an air plant. It produces a display of large, long-lasting, showy pink bracts that resemble ink quills, and this is where the inspiration for its common name comes from. The bracts add interest for several months—there will be plenty of time to enjoy their vibrancy. In the summer, pretty little violet flowers emerge; although they only last two or three days.
Thrives in bright indirect light, but can tolerate a few hours of direct sun.
Mist the plant regularly (2-3 times a week) and water the soil every 1–2 weeks, allowing it to dry out halfway between waterings. Expect to water more often in brighter light and less often in lower light. Bromeliads can be sensitive to hard tap water. Try using filtered water or leaving water out overnight before using. For best results, provide an additional source of humidity like a pebble tray or humidifier.
Sick Plant Signs
Crispy or curling edges: Underwatered
Yellowing leaves, wet potting mix: Overwatered
Browning, stunted growth: Too much hard water, change to filtered water