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Air Plant Tillandsia

Growing Air Plants: Tips at a Glance

In nature air plants use roots to latch onto branches to draw nutrition from hosts. As a houseplant Tillandsia needs to absorb moisture through its leaves; submerge it weekly.

  • Type Tropical epiphyte
  • Lifespan Perennial
  • USDA Zones 10-11
  • Light Filtered or full sun
  • Water Submerge and spray
  • Where to Plant Terrariums
  • Design Tip Wall-mounted
  • Companions Moss, orchids
  • Peak Season Year-round

Air Plants: A Field Guide

In nature air plants use their roots to latch onto branches and draw nutrition from their hosts. But when you turn Tillandsia into a house plant it will need to absorb moisture through its leaves.

The most common mistake with an air plant is not giving it enough water. Misting its leaves is a start, but to keep it alive you need to submerge Tillandsia in water every two weeks (you will be forgiven if you miss forget a few times). We’re partial to Ionantha air plants because they are particularly hardy and low-maintenance.

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