Air Plants

A unique gift for any occasion! Air plants are MAGICAL because they do not require soil to grow! They make a great gift for anyone who may not have the ‘green thumb’.

Tillandsia is the largest genus in the bromeliad family, commonly known as air plants. They can be found in many different regions and climates such as; jungles, rain forest, arid deserts and sea level to high mountains. Tillandsia blooms are as diverse and beautiful as any in the plant world and can last from a few days to as long as a year with some of the slower growing plants.

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Tillandsia indoors must receive enough bright light (filtered sunlight) and moisture for a healthy plant. In place of natural light, a broad spectrum fluorescent light is recommended. Ideal watering schedule is one to two times a week.

Air plants thrive in outdoor environments for instance; hanging from under a tree canopy, placed in a covered screened patio, the Tillandsia along with natural bright filtered sunlight, provide just the right environment air plants love. Watering once a week for humid environments, twice weekly for the dryer climates. Dehydration will occur when the plant’s foliage begins to curl. Remedy, soak plants in water up to 15 minutes. Do not let air plants set in water for an extended period of time or they will develop root rot.

They are tolerant of a wide range of temperatures, most species can withstand near freezing temperatures. Although preferring temperatures in the seventies, Tillandsia will do quite well in the nineties with increased water, air circulation and shade.

Reproduction

Tillandsia reproduce by offsets (pups) or by seed. Many send up pups from the base or between the leaves of the mother plant. This is one characteristic that endears Tillandsia to plant enthusiasts. In some air plants, it is not unusual to see any where from 4 to 8 offsets appearing before, during or after bloom of the mother plant. Young plants can be separated from the mother when they are a third to half of the mother’s size. Reproduction by seed is a rewarding process; however, the growing of the seedling can be very slow, taking years before the young plant matures.

For more information on mounting and fertilizing your air plant, see Russell’s Air Plants care guide.