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How to Care for Air Plants

Species: Over 650 Species

Common Name:
Air Plant
Difficulty to Grow:
Beginner (Easy low maintenance)

[caption id="attachment_11514" align="aligncenter" width="629"] Blooming and Blushing Ionantha Rubra[/caption]  

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How to Care for your Air Plants Indoors

Growing Tillandsia is very rewarding, not just for their great ability to filter particulates in the air but also the beautiful display of color when they are flowering. It is  simply spectacular!

Caring for air plants has created quite a confusion for a lot of people trying to grow them for the very first time. Here at Greenology, we feel that the solution is very simple. Try your very best to imitate the condition where they are from and your plant would do very well.

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How to Water

When available, always use rain water or spring water. If using tap water, let the water sit for 24 hours to allow chlorine gas to evaporate.

We water most of our Air Plants by submerging them in water for at least 30 minutes to 4 hours (for dehydrated plants), minimally 1 to 2x a week. Watering this way, imitates a torrential downpour which is what they normally get in their native environment.

After watering, shake off excess water  and sit on counter top in a well ventilated area to dry.  You may even leave them outside to dry on a covered patio. Make sure that the entire plant dries up after watering to prevent bottom rot. This is vital, because in their  native environment, everything in the surface dries up after a rain due to wind and heat from the sun.

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How to Water Air plants with Bulbous Base

[caption id="attachment_11511" align="aligncenter" width="382"] Blooming Tilandsia Caput Medusa[/caption]   Tillandsia Caput Medusae, Seleriana, Bulbosa, and Butzii, are a few examples of air plants with pseudo bulb base. They normally  grow upside down and sideways in their natural habitat, which allows them to let the water drain after a soaking rain. If you are growing it indoors, we recommend watering them by dipping them quickly in water. We do this to prevent water from entering crevices and becoming stagnant, which could cause bottom rot if it doesn't fully dry. Repeat this step several times a week, 3 to 4 x depending on how dry your house is. It is imperative that they full dry after watering.  

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How to Water Air Plants When They Have Flowers

[caption id="attachment_11540" align="aligncenter" width="374"] Blooming Tillandsia Capitata Peach[/caption]  

Water your air plant as instructed but make sure that the flower petals are not submerged under water.


Physical Characteristics

Height:1 - 12 Inches
Height:12 - 24 Inches
Height:24 - 36 Inches
Height:36 - 48 Inches
Height Notes: Vary in mature size with some growing up to 3 to 4 ft
Flowers: Yes

Lighting Needs

Outdoors: partsun
Outdoors: fullshade
Indoors: bright window

Watering Needs

When to water:
Water soon after the soil drys out.
Watering Notes:
When available, always use rain water or spring water. If using tap water, let the water sit for 24 hours to allow chlorine gas to evaporate. We water most of our Air Plants by submerging them in water for at least 30 minutes to 4 hours (for dehydrated plants), minimally 1 to 2x a week. Watering this way, imitates a torrential downpour which is what they normally get in their native environment. After watering, shake off excess water and sit on counter top in a well ventilated area to dry. You may even leave them outside to dry on a covered patio. Make sure that the entire plant dries up after watering to prevent bottom rot. This is vital, because in their native environment, everything in the surface dries up after a rain due to wind and heat from the sun. How to Water Air plants with Bulbous Base

Grow Media Types:

none
bark
sand
Planting Media Notes:
They grow on tree trunks, branches and some on top of rocks

Hydro Grow Systems:

Isn't known to grow well or at all in aquaponics or hydroponics.

Climate Needs:

USDA Planting Zones:
Find my zone
Zone
10A
10B
11A
11B
12A
12B
13A
13B

Best Temperatures:
High (F): 90 F
Low (F): 50 F
by Ken
"Be well, avoid being a lab-less experiment, eat to live and teach your children the same. "
Family:
Bromeliaceae
Genus:
Tillandsia
Origin:
Central America
Florida
Guatemala
Mexico
South America
West Indies