Air Plants Category

Air Plants - Tillandsia

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Explore our large selection of air plants also known as Tillandsia, a group of plants that do not require soil at all, in the wild they mostly grow on trees; but in your home, they can grow and cling to almost anything. Learn More...

Key Air Plant Facts:

  • Air plants have narrow, strap-shaped or lance-like leaves that grow in a rosette pattern. 
  • Silver foliage varieties are more drought-tolerant, while greener types dry out faster.
  • Many species also produce attractive tubular or funnel-shaped flowers.
  • Absorbs moisture and nutrients through their leaves, eliminating the need for traditional soil.
  • Attached to various objects like driftwood, and shells, or even hung in the air (known as hanging air plants), allowing for creative and unique displays.
  • Is Known for itslow maintenance needs and best indoor plants for oxygen.

How to Care for Air Plants: 

Watering Needs

Air plants require no soil for watering. To maintain their health, mist 2-3 times a week, or rinse them twice a week. Avoid overwatering, as they absorb water and nutrients through leaves. Place plants upside down after watering to drain excess water and mimic their natural habitat. Finding the right balance is crucial for their longevity.

Light Requirements

Air plants thrive in bright, indirect light, but direct sunlight can cause leaf burns. To ensure proper growth, keep your air plant near a south-facing window or artificial grow lights. Observe your plant and adjust light exposure based on color changes, such as brown or yellow leaves or elongated, pale leaves. Finding the right balance of light is crucial for maintaining vibrant colors and thriving plants.

Optimal Soil & Fertilizer Needs

Air plants don’trequire soil at all, and grow naturally on trees or rocks, using their roots to anchor themselves. They obtain nutrients and moisture through a specialized leaf structure and usually do not need fertilizer, but it is okay to mist them once a month with a very diluted liquid fertilizer.

Hardiness Zones & More

Air plants, native to Mexico, Central America and South America thrives in USDA zones 9-11 and prefers warm, tropical regions with temperatures between 50-74°F. In colder areas, keep them indoors or in protected spots.They thrive in higher humidity levels but can tolerate lower humidity with regular misting or rinsing.