Tillandsia fuchsii v. gracilis is a Tillandsia from Guatamala, commonly known as an airplant. This airplant has been called Tillandsia argentina ‘fine leaf’ before, but this is an incorrect name. Tillandsias are specialized bromeliads that generally are not appropriate for vivarium use due to their need for air circulation and must be allowed to dry out between waterings. If you choose to use Tillandsias in a vivaria, please ensure you provide adequate airflow! Tillandsias make excellent terrarium or container garden subjects.
Tillandsia fuchsii v. gracilis is an epiphyte in nature, and can grow attached to the background or hardscape in a naturalistic vivarium. Tillandsia fuchsii v. gracilis should be planted on the background on in the back area of a vivarium, where it can dry out between waterings. When first planting a Tillandsia in a vivarium, consider mounting it upside down, so that any water will run out of the Tillandsia freely. The plant will reorient itself as it grows.
Tillandsia fuchsii v. gracilis has low water needs, and should not have standing water on it’s leaves. Tillandsias MUST be able to dry out between waterings. Tillandsia fuchsii v. gracilis has moderate to high light needs – under more intense light, Tillandsia fuchsii v. gracilis will display brighter colors. Tillandsias simply cannot handle low light conditions. Tillandsia fuchsii v. gracilis is a slow grower, and will form clumps consisting of the mother plant surrounded by pups, or younger plants that grow off of the mother plant. Tillandsia fuchsii v. gracilis appreciates ample air circulation.