The Tillandsia, commonly known as “air plants”, are in the Bromeliad family. As epiphytes, they need no soil to grow, bloom, or reproduce. They absorb nutrients through little, white vessels on their leaves, called trichomes, and they use their roots as an anchor. But, don’t worry! While each variety is unique and beautiful in its own way, caring for them is easy!
If you have any questions regarding the care of Air Plants, feel free to contact me!
Misting is my preferred method of watering. Mist 2-3 times per week during the summer months and 3-5 times during the wintertime when the air is drier indoors. Turn the plant upside down to shake off any excess water. This is especially important if it is a shell-mounted arrangement as the water will stand, causing the plant to rot. If displayed in a globe or terrarium, gently remove the plant, mist thoroughly, shake well & replace it in its container.
Use this method if your plant is starting to curl at the ends or if you have missed a misting or two. Place the plant upside down in a bowl of water for 15 -20 minutes, drain off the excess water and allow it to dry.
Note: If your plant is blooming, avoid soaking or drying upside down to preserve the flower
The optimal temperature is in the high 60s to 70s, but they can tolerate temps in the range of 50 to 90 degrees. Avoid heating vents – although plants need good circulation they can dry out quickly.
Tillys are tropical plants and need light to thrive. Bright, but NOT direct sunlight is best, especially in summer as they can get sunburned. Bright fluorescent lighting is a good alternative.
Use a Bromeliad fertilizer (17-8-22) once or twice a month. DO NOT use anything stronger than that as it can damage the plant. Another option is using water from an uncrowded freshwater fish tank. (Do NOT use water from a saltwater tank!)