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How to Care for an Ionantha Druid Plant

By Dale Devries ; Updated September 21, 2017

Ionantha Druid is a tillandsia plant, which is more commonly known as an air plant. There are more than 400 species of Tillandsia and many types of Ionantha. There are two forms of Druid, a Guatemalan and a Mexican form. The Druids are different from other forms of ionantha because instead of the common purple flowers, the flowers of the Druids are a creamy white color. Most ionantha have a bright red or orange tinge to their leaves, whereas the Druids have a light orange or yellow. Caring for this type of tillandsia is not difficult as long as you learn the needs of an air plant.

Tie fishing line around the plant loosely or mount the plant on wood, shells or flower pots or grapevines. Do not use saltwater driftwood or any medium that will keep the plant wet. Use a dab of E-6000 glue, made for mounting tillandsia, to the medium and to the plants' roots. The roots will eventually attach themselves to the medium.

Hang or place the plant in a brightly lit location, but not in direct sun during April through October. November through March, the plants can be placed in direct sun. Druids can be placed outdoors as long as the temperature is over 45 degrees F and there is no frost. Screened patios, pool enclosures and under trees with dappled sunshine are great places for this type of plant.

Water the plant with a hose or watering can, soaking it three times a week if the temperature is 80 degrees or below, five times a week when the temperature is 80 to 100 degrees and daily or twice daily over 100 degrees. The plant should have enough air circulation that it dries within four hours of being watered.

Place the plant under a ceiling fan or hang outdoors in a warm breeze if it is not drying quickly enough. Leaving a Druid wet will cause the leaves to rot and will eventually destroy the plant.

Fill a spray bottle with water and mist the plant each day you do not water it. On very hot, dry or windy days, mist the plant twice. If the Druid is being kept indoors, and heat or air conditioning is drying the air out, mist every day. Alternately, you can place a tray full of pebbles and water under the plant for humidity, but don’t allow the plant to sit directly on the water.

Fertilize monthly, March through October with an epiphyte or orchid liquid or water-soluble fertilizer. It can be mixed in a bowl and the plant can be submerged in it or it can be misted onto the plant. Follow the manufacturer’s directions for amount to apply.


Things You Will Need

  • Fishing line
  • Mounting medium (optional)
  • E-6000 glue
  • Spray bottle
  • Tillandsia fertilizer