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Tillandsia cyanea - lost color of bracts?

13 years ago

I have a small T. cyanea that I purchased at Home Depot a little less than a year ago. I had it in a pot with normal potting soil for a few months, but it wasn't doing very well. It lost the normal color of its bract and hasn't flowered at all.

I moved it to a pierced-side pot and potted it in coconut fiber. It seems a little better now, the leaves are green and not browning anywhere, but the bract is still suffering. It is entirely green with browning/drying at the tip of each segment, and the top-most segments are all brown and papery.

I have been soak-watering the plant once per week and spraying the whole plant, though I haven't misted it daily. I am reading a lot of conflicting information about how to water this plant and what potting medium it should be in, so I don't know what to try.

Is there anything I can do to save my Tillandsia? Does it need to be in different potting medium? Misted more often?

Thanks for any advice!

- Bo

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