How to Care for Tillandsia Plants


Tillandsia is a genus of flowering plants in the bromeliad family that are often called air plants. Their colloquial name is derived from the fact that in nature they are epiphytic, or plants that grow on other plants, requiring no soil. They are able to draw in moisture and micro-nutrients from their surroundings. Tillandsias are easy care exotic plants that require only regular misting and occasional feeding and bathing to live a long life.

Step 1

Mist your tillandsia plants every two to three days with tepid water until they are lightly and evenly moist.

Step 2

Select a living area for your tillandsia that affords very bright indirect light or filtered direct sunlight such as under a mesh canopy, for six to eight hours each day. Grow them mounted on a natural surface such as a tree, wood slab or in an open-top glass vase or terrarium for best health and visual effect.

Step 3

Bathe or soak your tillandsia plants in a bowl or sink full of tepid water once every seven to ten days. Allow the plants to sit in the water for roughly half an hour and then place them back in their regular growing environment. Tillandsias grown in high humidity environs such as bathrooms may need less frequent soaking.

Step 4

Feed your tillandsias once a month or every six weeks with a general purpose liquid plant food diluted down to 25 percent strength with water. Mix the fertilizer and water in a spay mist bottle and apply to the plants coating all of the foliage surface.

Things You'll Need

  • Spray mist bottle
  • Liquid plant fertilizer
  • Bowl or sink


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