Tillandsia - Growing Instructions & Care


Tillandsia plants, also known as air plants, are a unique and captivating addition to any indoor garden. As the largest genus of the bromeliad family, they are native to the new world and come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Unlike other plants, Tillandsias do not require soil to grow, as they absorb water and nutrients through their leaves, making them ideal epiphytes that can be mounted creatively. These plants thrive in bright, filtered light and require occasional misting or soaking to maintain their health. They are also highly adaptable and can be displayed in a variety of creative ways, including terrariums, driftwood, or hanging containers. With a little care and attention, Tillandsia plants can be a stunning and unique addition to any indoor garden.

To help you grow healthy and thriving Tillandsia plants, here are some tips:

  1. Light requirements: Tillandsia plants need bright, indirect sunlight or indoor lighting, like from fluorescent bulbs. They can tolerate a couple of hours of direct sun, but this can be drying, so supplement their water if they do get direct sun.

  2. Watering: Although air plants can live off of nutrients and moisture in the air, you will need to provide them with water. Plan to water your Tillandsia with a couple of methods used in concert, such as soaking and misting. Avoid distilled or softened water, and use rain or tap water instead. Submerge your air plants in water for an hour, and let them air dry upside down in good air circulation to avoid rot. Weekly soakings and misting a couple of times each week will keep your plants happy.

  3. Temperature: Tillandsia plants thrive in temperatures between 50° and 90° Fahrenheit.

  4. Fertilizing: Although not necessary, fertilizing your air plants leads to better health, growing, and blooming. Use a fertilizer specifically formulated for bromeliads or air plants once a month, or dilute Miracle-Grow or similar water-soluble plant foods to 1/4 strength. Mist your plants thoroughly with the food water once a month.

  5. Mounting for display: Air plants can be mounted on driftwood, vine wreaths, coral, shells, stones, wood plaques, crystals, or set into terrariums, glass globes, small vases, and more. Use floral wire to mount your air plants, or non-toxic, water-resistant glue like E-6000 or Goop.

  6. Soil recommendations: As epiphytes, Tillandsia plants don't need soil to grow, but they do require good air circulation and drainage.

  7. Most important things to know: Pay attention to the look and feel of your plants before and after watering, and increase misting during blooming. Avoid using distilled or softened water, and don't let your plants remain wet.

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