A stunning air plant that never fails to deliver. Tillandsia Ionantha Peach is the pinkest/peachiest of all the varieties of Ionantha and looks spectacular all year round.
How To Care For Tillandsia Ionantha Peach
Ionantha Peach has lime green leaves that are thicker than most varieties of Ionantha. Therefore the plant’s leaf tips are not so susceptible to drying out in dryer indoor environments.
Peach is very easy to grow and requires minimal care such as bright light, warmth, humid conditions, and good air circulation. Placing your air plants by a regularly opened window can help with air circulation.
As with most air plants that are grown indoors, it’s best to position your plants a few feet from a sunny window. Bright but indirect sunlight is best.
How To Water Tillandsia Ionantha Peach
As I said above Ionatha Peach is a hardy plant and can survive up to ten days without water. However, I like to soak my Ionantha weekly for about 20-30 minutes so they remain in good condition.
It’s always a good idea to shake off any excess water after soaking your plants and then leave them upside down for a few hours whilst they dry out. Excess water can lead to plant rot.
I also like to mist my air plants as often as possible but it’s not that important if you’re doing a weekly soak. I usually mist 2-3 times a week. Mist in the morning when your plants are able to absorb the maximum amount of water.
You can use soft tap water or if possible rain, pond, or spring water which all contain important nutrients.
How To Propagate Tillandsia Ionantha Peach
The quickest and easiest way to propagate Ionantha Peach is to remove the pups (babies/offsets) that form around the base of the parent plant after flowering with a pair of scissors or a knife.
After blooming, Ionantha Peach will produce an average of 2-3 offsets. Please wait until the pups are a third of the size of the parent plant. If you remove the pups too soon they won’t have enough nutrients/strength to survive on their own.
After removing the pups submerge them in a bowl of water for 15 minutes and then place them in a bright area but not in direct sunlight, and care for them the same as a mature plant.
Flowers And Expert Tips
There’s no prize for guessing that when Tillandsia Ionantha Peach blushes it turns a stunning shade of peach rather than a red color, and just like other varieties of Ionantha this variety has a frosted appearance due to a large number of trichomes.
I have to admit I’ve never owned this variety of Ionantha so I don’t know what color the flowers are. There seems to be some confusion on the Internet as many websites state the petals are white and others purple. Drop me an email if you know.
To encourage blooming up the monthly feed to a fortnightly dose with a mild fertilizer. Use a dedicated Bromeliad fertilizer as these tend to be milder/weaker than normal fertilizers and are ideal for air plants.
Tillandsia Ionantha Peach Hybrids
Ionantha Peach is native to Taxco in Mexico and is thought to be a variety of Ionantha Rubra, hence this variety is sometimes listed as Ionantha Rubra var. Peach.
For detailed information about the different varieties of Ionantha visit our Ionantha varieties page.
I am not aware of any natural or cultivated Peach hybrids and could not find any useful information on the Internet. So please get in touch if you’re aware of any hybrids.