Commonly known as air plants, Tillandsia is the largest genus of evergreen, perennial flowering plants in the Bromeliaceae family. There are around 650 different species!


Native to the West Indies, Mexico, and much of Central and South America, these intriguing epiphytes are found in diverse regions and environments like jungles, rain forests and deserts. And with an incredible array of shapes, sizes and textures, along with their relatively low-maintenance needs, air plants can be an excellent addition to everyone’s plant family!



The three things to keep in mind with any Tillandsia arewater, light and air circulation.



Watering can be tricky. One has to be mindful that Tillandsia receive adequate moisture, since these epiphytes absorb all their water and nutrients through their leaves. It is a misconception that weekly spritzing or misting is sufficient for all air plants. There are a few varieties like the fuzzy Tectorum that prefer to not be completely submerged. However, the best way to hydrate most Tillandsia, is with weekly soakings or baths. Depending upon the environment and variety, submerging your Tillandsia once or twice a week, for 20 minutes to an hour, is the best way to keep it well-watered. After submerging, be sure to give your airplant a good shake and turn it upside down to completely dry. This ensures that water doesn’t sit in the crown, which may lead to the plant’s core rotting.


How frequently your Tillandsia will require water depends on the environment and the plant. It may take time to learn the signs for when your plant is well hydrated or if it needs water. We also advise using room temperature distilled, filtered, or rainwater to mist and bathe your tillandsia, avoid using water straight from the tap.




Bright, indirect or filtered sunlight is ideal for most Tillandsia, although some direct sun can be tolerated, such as morning sun or winter rays.




Although these tropical and subtropical gems do like a certain level of humidity, adequate air circulation is also important. Enclosed terrariums are not the best idea, as the air tends to be too stagnate and wet, which can quickly lead to rotting.


Since Tillandsia don’t need soil, displaying your collection provides a fun opportunity to get creative! From drift wood, coral, shells, and stones, to interesting glass vessels or wire designs, there are so many different ways display your Tillandsia.