Air Plants

Tillandsia spp.

General Information

  • Air plants are epiphytes, which means they grow attached to another plant- usually the trunks of trees- this means they do not need soil
  • This plant will produce a stem, from which it will grow multiple blooms which are most often a dark purple
  • After the blooming process, your air plant will have the potential to grow pups- where a new baby plant begins to grow off the mature plant from the base

Watering

  • Your air plant will need very humid conditions to grow, as it doesn’t have roots and instead absorbs moisture through the foliage
  • Traditional watering will not be necessary, instead its best to give your air plant a thorough mist several times a week
  • Make sure that when you mist that your plant isn’t left in direct sun, this can cause the foliage to burn
  • Soaking is also a common method for watering, make sure not to soak for more than 10-15 minutes at a time
  • After watering it is best to leave your air plant sitting upside down for up to 30 minutes to allow any access water to drain out

Light

  • Finding a spot with very bright, but indirect light will keep your air plants happy
  • As these plants grow under the tree canopy they are mainly accustomed to indirect and filtered light
  • When you provide a high enough light level, without direct sun that could damage the foliage, your air plant will reward you by turning beautiful bright colours